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The Topological Variable Computation for a Special Type of Cycloalkanes
As an efficient theoretical tool, graph theory is widely used in computing chemistry. In terms of index computation on molecular graphs, the researchers can learn the potential properties of chemical compounds, including drugs, materials, and organics. In this paper, by means of distance computation, we study the eccentric version indices of cycloalkanes which occur quite frequently in the chemical drugs and other compounds. The promising prospects of the application for the physical, chemical, medical, and pharmacy engineering are illustrated by theoretical conclusions obtained in this article.
In the early years, followed by the chemical experiments, the scientists found that there is a close relationship between characterizations of chemical compounds and their molecular structures (e.g., Wiener index reflects both the melting point and boiling point of chemical compounds; see Wiener  and Katritzky et al. ). This discovery inspired researchers to study the feature of drugs, materials, and compounds by analyzing their molecular structures. The computational model can be expressed as follows: we use a graph (such graph is called molecular graph) to represent each molecular structure where each vertex denotes an atom and each edge represents a chemical bond between atoms; then we define the topological indices on molecular graphs where each index reflects a certain chemical character of compound; at last, by computing these topological indices, we estimate the chemical, biology, medicine, and pharmacology features of compounds. In this way, as a branch of theoretical chemistry, topological index calculation becomes a hot topic among the scholars from different research files.
Specifically, let be a molecular graph with vertex (atom) set and edge (chemical bond) set , and the topological index can be considered as a score function which maps each molecular graph to a positive real number. These defined topological indices are functioned as numerical descriptors of the molecular structure yielded from the corresponding chemical compound, and many engineering applications of it can be implemented in theoretical chemistry, especially in QSPR/QSAR study. For example, scholars introduce PI index, Wiener index, harmonic index, atom-bond connectivity index, Shultz index, and Gutman index to reflect certain structural features of molecules. There were several articles contributing to determine these distance-based indices of special molecular graph (see Gao and Siddiqui , Zhao and Wu , Gao et al. [5–9], Hosamani et al. , Gao and Wang [11, 12], and Basavanagoud et al.  for more details). The notation and terminology that were used but undefined in this paper can be found in .
The eccentricity of vertex is defined as the maximum distance between and any other vertex in . The fifth atom-bond connectivity index (eccentricity version of atom-bond connectivity index) of molecular graph is defined as The first multiplicative Zagreb index and the second multiplicative Zagreb index are denoted by respectively.
The fourth geometric-arithmetic index is denoted by
The fourth Zagreb index was formulated as
The fifth multiplicative atom bond connectivity index is stated as
More eccentricity version topological indices and their theoretical results can refer to López-Candales et al. [15, 16], Vukičević and Graovac , Das et al. , Mouratoglou et al. , Farooq and Malik , Farooq et al. , McCrary et al. , Abraham and Weismann , Yamasaki et al. , Guirao and de Bustos , Dimitrov [26–28], and Ahmadi et al. .
Cycloalkane is a kind of saturated hydrocarbon containing an alicyclic structure in organic chemistry and it contains an alicyclic ring and unsubstituted alkyl on the ring. To explain it more clearly, a cycloalkane is made up with nothing but hydrogen and carbon atoms which are distributed randomly in a system with only a single ring and single carbon-carbon bonds. Totally, four types of cycloalkanes are classified by researchers, which are small, common, medium, and large. The general formula of it is denoted as , where is used to denote the number of carbon atoms and to denote that of rings. Naphthene is used to describe the group of cycloalkanes. The main source of naphthenes is petroleum and natural gas. In addition, cycloalkanes are alicyclic hydrocarbons in the petroleum industry. After millions of years of decay and the geological stress, the complex organic compounds of animals and plants have become a mixture of alkanes and naphthenes whose size varies from 1 carbon to 30 or 40 carbons.
Basically speaking, cycloalkanes share similar general physical properties and attributes with alkanes. However, it possesses some unique or different properties. To illustrate, the boiling point and melting point of cycloalkanes are higher than the common alkanes. Besides, it has a high calorific value and a low freezing point. Its antiknock quality is between that of the normal hydrocarbon and the isomeric hydrocarbon.
As described above, there are four types of cycloalkanes, and the bigger cycloalkanes are quite stable. For instance, the radical chain reactions of the alkanes are pretty stable. Macrocyclic alkanes do not react with strong acids, strong bases, strong oxidants, and so on. Conversely, thanks to Baeyer strain and ring strain, the stability of small cycloalkanes tend to be much lower, among which, cyclopropane is one of the most typical examples. They do not react in electrophilic addition but react in nucleophilic aliphatic substitution. At room temperature, cycloalkanes do not work with general oxidants (such as potassium permanganate solution and ozone), even with cyclopropane. If the oxidation possesses a strong oxidant or, under the action of the catalyst with air oxidation, cycloalkanes can also have an oxidation reaction. For example, adipic acid is the raw material for the synthesis of nylon, which is the main material for clothing.
The effect of cycloalkane is mainly to be used to produce fuel in the applications. In naphthenes, what is the most popular cycloalkanes applied in the industry may be cyclohexane, a colorless liquid, which is easy to volatile and burn. Natural gas and biogas contain a lot of methane, which has been used extensively in recent years as clean energy, and it is quite popular nowadays. Hence, it can also be used in lubricants and asphalt. Besides, as an important chemical raw material, cycloalkanes have been largely used in medicine field and alcohols are traditionally considered as the main ingredient of many important medicines.
More contexts on cycloalkanes and its applications can refer to El-Sayed et al. , Vásquez-Espinal et al. , Caroen et al. , Denicourt-Nowicki et al. , El-Gamal et al. [34, 35], Lepori et al. , Nambu et al. , Lazić et al. , Alaoui et al. , and Pi-Boleda et al. . Since cycloalkanes commonly appeared in the chemical compound and possess wide engineering applications in the field of biology, medicine, and pharmacy, it inspires us to study the characterization of cycloalkanes from mathematical point of view.
In the following section, we discuss certain topological indices of a special kind of cycloalkanes, and its molecular graphs are constructed by attaching alkyl instead of each hydrogen atoms in cycloalkanes structures. Let be the cycloalkanes which are yielded by attaching two hydrogen atoms to each carbon atoms (see Figure 5). Moreover, let be molecular graph constructed by attaching instead of each hydrogen atom in cycloalkanes which are presented in Figure 6.
The main purpose of this article is to obtain certain eccentricity version topological indices of this family of cycloalkanes .
2. Main Results and Proofs
In this section, we present the main conclusions of our paper which provide theoretical support for future engineering applications. In what follows, we always assume that and are both positive integers. Furthermore, if and if .
The first result stated as follows reveals the first multiplicative Zagreb index of cycloalkanes.
Theorem 1. The first multiplicative Zagreb index of is
Proof of Theorem 1. We discuss the following two cases according to the parity of .
Case 1 (). In this case, the vertex (atom) set of can be divided into the following four classes:(i), and there are such vertices.(ii)For , , and there are such vertices in each subclass;(iii)For , , and there are such vertices in each subclass.(iv), and there are such vertices.Thus, in light of the definition of the first multiplicative Zagreb index, we infer Case 2 (). In this case, the vertex (atom) set of can be separated into the following four classes:(i), and there are such vertices.(ii)For , , and there are such vertices in each subclass.(iii)For , , and there are such vertices in each subclass.(iv), and there are such vertices.Hence, in view of the definition of the first multiplicative Zagreb index, we deduce Therefore, we get the desired result.
The next result stated as follows implies the second multiplicative Zagreb index of cycloalkanes.
Theorem 2. The second multiplicative Zagreb index of is
Proof of Theorem 2. The proof procedure can be divided into the following two cases in terms of the parity of .
Case 1 (). In this case, the edge (chemical bond) set of can be divided into the following four classes:(i), and there are edges in this class.(ii)For , , and there are edges in each subclass.(iii)For , , and there are edges in each subclass.(iv), and there are edges in this class.Then, by means of the definition of the second multiplicative Zagreb index, we have Case 2 (). In this case, the edge (chemical bond) set of can be separated into the following four classes:(i), and there are edges in this class.(ii)For , , and there are edges in each subclass.(iii)For , , and there are edges in each subclass.(iv), and there are edges in this class.Using the definition of the second multiplicative Zagreb index, we get Finally, we obtain the desired result.
Theorem 3. The fourth Zagreb index of is
Proof of Theorem 3. If is even, then If is odd, then The desired conclusion is proofed.
Theorem 4. The fifth atom-bond connectivity index of is
Theorem 5. The fourth geometric-arithmetic index of is
Theorem 6. The fifth multiplicative atom-bond connectivity index of is
In this paper, we report several important topological indices of cycloalkanes with the help of graph theory and mathematical derivation. The atom-bond connectivity indices, geometric-arithmetic indices, and Zagreb indices are widely used in the analysis of melting (boiling) point and other chemical characters for chemical compounds and QSPR/QSAR study. Hence, the promising prospects of the application for the material, chemical, and pharmacy engineering will be illustrated in the theoretical conclusions that are yielded in our article.
The molecular graph is a way to obtain chemical structure by using cycloalkanes to attach alkyl instead of each hydrogen atom. Similarly, more chemical structures can be yielded by replacing alkyl with other structures. That is to say, this trick has potential application prospects in chemistry to deal with various commonly appeared chemical structures.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.
The authors are grateful to Dr. Raad Sehen Haoer for his valuable comments on the manuscript. The research is partially supported by NSFC (nos. 11401519, 11371193, and 11671198).
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