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This communication describes the application and extension of a method for calculating the helical parameters with which to describe molecular conformations. The method, which was originally developed by Shimanouchi and others, is applied to a polyimide of 3,3’,4,4’-benzophenonetetracarboxylic dianhydride (BTDA) and 2,2-dimethyl-1,3-(Caminophenoxy)propane (DMDA) which has eight torsional bonds in the chemical repeat unit. Discrete low energy states for these torsions were determined by Ramanchandran energy maps of sequential dihedral pairs or single bond torsional energy diagrams. The total number of possible low energy conformations for these states is 1152 including conformationally related isoenantiomorphs. The method conveniently generates the conformations for subsequent crystal structure packing and refinement. Consideration of these together with the X-ray data of Cheng and co-workers reduces the number to about 15 with about a 2/l conformation and a c axis ofapproximately49.2 A. Of these, about half appear to be good candidates for crystal packing.

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Use of helical parameters to generate candidate conformations for crystal packing: illustrative application to a polyimide / Jess M. Wailer and Ronald K. Eby // Polymer. – 1992. – Vol 33. – P. 5334-5337.

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