Linear free-energy relationships and the density functional theory: an analog of the hammett equation.

The journal of physical chemistry. A

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Simón-Manso Y. Linear free-energy relationships and the density functional theory: an analog of the hammett equation. J Phys Chem A. 2005;109(9):2006-11.
Density functional theory has been applied to describe electronic substituent effects, especially in the pursuit of linear relationships similar to those observed from physical organic chemistry experiments. In particular, analogues for the Hammett equation parameters (sigma, rho) have been developed. Theoretical calculations were performed on several series of organic molecules in order to validate our model and for comparison with experimental results. The trends obtained by Hammett-like relations predicted by the model were found to be in qualitative agreement with the experimental data. The results obtained in this study suggest the applicability of similar correlation analysis based on theoretical methodologies that do not make use of empirical fits to experimental data can be useful in the study of substituent effects in organic chemistry.