Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics vol:6 issue:2 pages:277-284
Reported computational results for large [4n+2]-annulenes indicate a falling off of aromaticity in D-3h geometries but its retention in D-6h, geometries, as diagnosed on both energetic and magnetic criteria. Ipsocentric pseudo-pi mapping of the current density induced by a perpendicular external magnetic field shows that ring currents follow this trend. Diatropic ring currents are quenched in D-3h geometries but survive in D6h geometries of [4n+2]-annulenes (4n + 2 = 30, 42, 54, 66). Ipsocentric orbital contributions explain this distinction in terms of the translational/diatropic, rotational/paratropic selection rules for current in monocycles. coupled with an account of differential angular-momentum mixing in D-3h and D-6h symmetries. The orbital model rationalises the differences between D-6h and D-3h geometries, accounts for the decay of aromaticity with ring size for D-3h [4n+2]-annulenes, and predicts trends for anti-aromatic [4n]-annulenes in the two symmetry groups.