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1. Experimental and Computational Thermochemical Study of Maleic Anhydride and Vinylene Carbonate, Sousa, C; Matos, MAR Morais, VMF in JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A, 2017, ISSN: 1089-5639,  Volume: 121, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref, wos  DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.7b07175 P-00N-B98
Abstract The standard molar enthalpies of formation of maleic anhydride and vinylene carbonate in gaseous phase, at T = 298.15 K, were derived from the standard molar enthalpies of formation of the compounds in condensed phase combined with the phase transition enthalpies. The standard molar enthalpies of formation in condensed phase were obtained from the enthalpies of combustion measured using static bomb combustion calorimetry and mini-bomb combustion calorimetry for vinylene carbonate and maleic anhydride, respectively. Phase transition enthalpies were obtained by Calvet micro-calorimetry. High level quantum calculations were performed at the composite G3 level of theory in order to estimate the standard molar enthalpies of formation of both compounds in gaseous phase. Good agreement was obtained between experimental and computational results. In addition, analysis of the factors affecting the relative stability of both systems has been carried out in the framework of the ab initio valence bond (VB) theory in order to clarify the aromaticity/antiaromaticity issues involving these molecular systems.

2. Reprint of "Indenone and cyclopentadienone energetics via mass spectrometry and computations: Are these species antiaromatic or "merely" nonaromatic?", Fattahi, A; Liebman, JF; Miranda, MS; Morais, VMF; Matos, MAR Lis, L; Kass, SR in INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MASS SPECTROMETRY, 2015, ISSN: 1387-3806,  Volume: 378, 
Reprint,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.1016/j.ijms.2014.07.042 P-00G-3WZ
Abstract The heat of hydrogenation of indenone was measured via two partially independent thermodynamic cycles by carrying out energetic measurements (i.e., electron affinities, proton affinities and ionization potentials) on both negative and positive ions (Delta H degrees(H2), =17.8 +/- 5.5 and 17.5 +/- 5.7 kcal mol(-1), respectively). High level G3 computations were also carried out to provide the heats of formation of indenone (16.8 kcal mol(-1)) and cyclopentadienone (14.0 kcal mol(-1)). These 4n pi electron systems are found to be nonaromatic in contrast to previous views. A recent report on cyclopropenyl anion (J. Org. Chem. 2013, 78, 7370-7372) indicates that this ion is also nonaromatic, and suggests that NMR ring currents and nucleus independent chemical shift (NICS) calculations do not correlate with the energetic criterion for antiaromatic compounds.

3. Energetics of 2- and 3-coumaranone isomers: A combined calorimetric and computational study (Reprinted from J. Chem. Thermodynamics, vol 67, pg 210-216, 2013), Sousa, CCS; Matos, MAR Santos, LMNBF Morais, VMF in JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL THERMODYNAMICS, 2014, ISSN: 0021-9614,  Volume: 73, 
Reprint,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.1016/j.jct.2014.03.017 P-009-DV0
Abstract Condensed phase standard (p degrees = 0.1 MPa) molar enthalpies of formation for 2-coumaranone and 3-coumaranone were derived from the standard molar enthalpies of combustion, in oxygen, at T = 298.15 K, measured by mini-bomb combustion calorimetry. Standard molar enthalpies of sublimation of both isomers were determined by Calvet microcalorimetry. These results were combined to derive the standard molar enthalpies of formation of the compounds, in gas phase, at T = 298.15 K. Additionally, accurate quantum chemical calculations have been performed using DFT methods and high level composite ab initio calculations. Theoretical estimates of the enthalpies of formation of the compounds are in good agreement with the experimental values thus supporting the predictions of the same parameters for isobenzofuranone, an isomer which has not been experimentally studied. The relative stability of these isomers has been evaluated by experimental and computational results. The importance of some stabilizing electronic intramolecular interactions has been studied and quantitatively evaluated through Natural Bonding Orbital (NBO) analysis of the wave functions and the nucleus independent chemical shift (NICS) of the studied systems have been calculated in order to study and establish the effect of electronic delocalization upon the relative stability of the isomers.

4. Thermodynamic properties of the methyl esters of p-hydroxy and p-methoxy benzoic acids, Almeida, ARRP Cunha, AFG; Matos, MAR Morais, VMF; Monte, MJS in JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL THERMODYNAMICS, 2014, ISSN: 0021-9614,  Volume: 78, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.1016/j.jct.2014.06.002 P-009-NWN
Abstract The vapor pressures of crystalline and liquid phases of methyl p-hydroxybenzoate and of methyl p-methoxybenzoate were measured over the temperature ranges (338.9 to 423.7) K and (292.0 to 355.7) K respectively, using a static method based on diaphragm capacitance gauges. The vapor pressures of the crystalline phase of the former compound were also measured in the temperature range (323.1 to 345.2) K using a Knudsen mass-loss effusion technique. The results enabled the determination of the standard molar enthalpies, entropies and Gibbs free energies of sublimation and of vaporization, at T = 298.15 K, as well as phase diagram representations of the (p, T) experimental data, including the triple point. The temperatures and molar enthalpies of fusion of both compounds were determined using differential scanning calorimetry and were compared with the results indirectly derived from the vapor pressure measurements. The standard (p degrees = 10(5) Pa) molar enthalpies of formation, in the crystalline phase, at T = 298.15 K, of the compounds studied were derived from their standard massic energies of combustion measured by static-bomb combustion calorimetry. From the experimental results, the standard molar enthalpies of formation, in the gaseous phase at T = 298.15 K, were calculated and compared with the values estimated by employing quantum chemical computational calculations. A good agreement between experimental and theoretical results is observed. To analyze the thermodynamic stability of the two compounds studied, the standard Gibbs free energies of formation in crystalline and gaseous phases were undertaken. The standard molar enthalpies of formation of the title compounds were also estimated from two different computational approaches using density functional theory-based B3LYP and the multilevel G3 methodologies.

5. The thermodynamic stability of the three isomers of methoxybenzamide: An experimental and computational study, Almeida, ARRP Monte, MJS Matos, MAR Morais, VMF in JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL THERMODYNAMICS, 2014, ISSN: 0021-9614,  Volume: 73, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.1016/j.jct.2013.06.022 P-009-DV7
Abstract Thermodynamic properties of ortho, meta and para methoxybenzamides were determined using the Knudsen effusion method and calorimetric experiments as well as computational approaches. The vapour pressure of the crystalline phase of the three isomers was measured and values of the standard (p(o) = 0.1 MPa) molar enthalpy, Gibbs energy and entropy of sublimation, at T = 298.15 K, were derived. Static bomb combustion calorimetry was used to measure the standard molar enthalpies of combustion from which the standard molar enthalpies of formation in the crystalline state, at T = 298.15 K, were derived. Together with the standard molar enthalpies of sublimation, these results yielded the standard molar enthalpies of formation in gaseous phase of the three isomers. The standard Gibbs energies of formation in crystalline and gaseous phases were also derived and used to differentiate the thermodynamic stability of the three isomers. Moreover, differential scanning calorimetry analysis enabled determination of the temperature and molar enthalpies of fusion of the studied compounds. Gas-phase enthalpies of formation of the three compounds were estimated computationally at the G3 and G4 levels of theory and compared with the experimental results.