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Insights into the molecular structure and infrared spectrum of the prebiotic species aminoacetonitrile

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Aminoacetonitrile is an interstellar molecule with a prominent prebiotic role, already detected in the chemically-rich molecular cloud Sagittarius B2(N) and postulated to be present in the atmosphere of the largest Saturn’s moon, Titan. To further support its observation in such remote environments and laboratory experiments aimed at improving our understanding of interstellar chemistry, we report a thorough spectroscopic and structural characterization of aminoacetonitrile. Equilibrium geometry, fundamental bands as well as spectroscopic and molecular parameters have been accurately computed by exploiting a composite scheme rooted in the coupled-cluster theory that accounts for the extrapolation to the complete basis set limit and core-correlation effects. In addition, a semiexperimental approach that combines ground-state rotational constants for different isotopic species and calculated vibrational corrections has been employed for the structure determination. From the experimental side, we report the analysis of the three strongest fundamental bands of aminoacetonitrile observed between 500 and 1000 cm1 in high-resolution infrared spectra. More generally, all computed band positions are in excellent agreement with the present and previous experiments. The only exception is the ν15 band, for which we provide a revision of the experimental assignment, now in good agreement with theory
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hal-04001641 , version 1 (23-02-2023)

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Ningjing Jiang, Mattia Melosso, Silvia Alessandrini, Luca Bizzocchi, Marie-Aline Martin-Drumel, et al.. Insights into the molecular structure and infrared spectrum of the prebiotic species aminoacetonitrile. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2023, 25 (6), pp.4754-4763. ⟨10.1039/D2CP05179F⟩. ⟨hal-04001641⟩
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