Intramolecular dynamics in 4- to 6-membered saturated azacycles: A MM3 study

Anatoly M. Belostotskii, Pinchas Aped, Alfred Hassner

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We show that the MM3 force field provides a reasonable modeling of the transition states of dynamic processes related to ring inversion for azetidines, pyrrolidines and piperidines. These involve isolated ring inversion (RI) and concerted ring inversion-nitrogen inversion-C-N rotation (RINIR). Pseudorotation and concerted pseudorotation-nitrogen inversion are additional processes for piperidines. The schemes of conformational transformations (including a relationship of conformers with corresponding transition states) were established for these amines using a normal mode vibrational analysis. Pyramidal nitrogen inversion was found to occur only as the RINTR process for azetidine and pyrrolidine compounds, while nitrogen inversion as well as RINIR are inherent to N-Me piperidine. Only the Cs mode was attributed to interconversion of the piperidine ring (differing from the known cyclohexane case). The designed conformational schemes allowed the reassignment of the previously measured barriers (NMR) for these cyclic amines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-273
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - 30 Mar 1998

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Funding Information:
A grant to Dr A.M. Belostotskii from the Giladi State Commission and the Absorption Ministry is gratefully acknowledged.W e are grateful for partial support by Bar-Ilan University.


  • Cyclic amines
  • Molecular mechanics
  • Nitrogen inversion
  • Ring inversion


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