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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 5, Issue 4, Pages 884-893

Tautomerism of 5-Methyl Imidazolidine Thio Derivatives in the Gas Phase: A Density Functional Study

Zaki S. Safi1 and Fakhr M. Abu-Awwad2

1Department of Chemistry, Al Azhar University-Gaza, Gaza City, Palestine
2Department of Chemistry, The Islamic University of Gaza, Gaza City, Palestine

Received 11 December 2007; Revised 29 January 2008; Accepted 13 February 2008

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Relative tautomerisation energies, enthalpies, entropies, Gibbs free energies, and dipole moments for 5-methyl-2,4-dioxo-imidazolidine and its thio analogous have been studied in the gas phase using hybrid density functional at the B3LYP level of theory using 6-31(d) and 6-311+(2df,2p) basis sets with full geometry optimization. A comparative investigation of their energies revealed that the keto form of the compound is the predominant tautomer with a very high tautomeric energy barrier. The findings conclude that the intramolecular prototropic tautomerisation process is thermodynamically unfavored.