1Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Tehran University, Tehran, I.R. IRAN
2College of Chemistry, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, I.R. IRAN
The ability of the present semiempirical quantum mechanics methods are surveyed for reproducing the transannular interaction in the bifunctional N-phenyl-5-azocanones. The AM1 method is the best with the order of reliability being Am1, PM3, MNDO and MINDO/3. AM1 calculations were then carried out for quantification of transannular interaction. The n(o) ionization potential has been used for this purpose. A linear correlation is found between the n(o) ionization potential and the Hammett substituent constant (s). The UV spectroscopy was used to study the transannular bond formation N-aryl-5-azocanone derivatives.