J. Phys. Org. Chem. 18, 719-724 (2005)

Doi: 10.1002/poc.923

Theoretical estimation of the annular tautomerism of indazoles

heoretical calculations at semi-empirical AM1 and density functional B3LYP/6–31G* levels were carried out on 52 NH-indazoles. Although in most cases the 1H-tautomer is the most stable, we found several indazoles for which the 2H-tautomer is more stable than the 1H-tautomer. The differences in energy between the 1H- and 2H-tautomers were interpreted in terms of substituent effects with the use of a Free–Wilson (presence–absence) matrix.