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a. another name for configuration
b. one of the configurations of a molecule that can easily change its shape and can consequently exist in equilibrium with molecules of different configuration



(of molecules), geometric forms that molecules of organic compounds can assume during the rotation of atoms or groups of atoms (substituents) about single bonds while maintaining the order of the chemical bonding of the atoms (chemical structures), the bond lengths, and valency angles. Molecules that differ from one another only in conformation are called conformers, or rotational isomers. The existence of conformations is determined by the spatial interaction (such as repulsion, attraction, and hydrogen bond formation) of substituents (hydrogen atoms included) that are not bonded to one another. One such example (see Figure 1) is represented by several planar conformations of a pentane molecule:


Unlike geometric and optical isomers, conformers under general conditions easily convert into one another (without the breaking of bonds) and therefore cannot be isolated (compareCONFIGURATION). The molecules of organic compounds usually exist in the form of a mixture of conformers that are in equilibrium,

Figure 1. Planar conformations of a pentane molecule: (a) zigzag, (b) claw-shaped, (c) irregular

among which those that are energetically most favorable, that is, exhibiting the lowest energy, predominate. The conformational state of molecules affects the physical properties of substances and the orientation and rate of chemical transformations (see).



(organic chemistry)
In a molecule, a specific orientation of the atoms that varies from other possible orientations by rotation or rotations about single bonds; generally in mobile equilibrium with other conformations of the same structure. Also known as conformational isomer; conformer.
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It can either be utilized, as in polymer synthesis, or be dissipated as heat, making the conformational change nearly irreversible.
This leads to a different crystallization throughout the whole volume and consequently to conformational changes that could be followed by means of spectroscopic techniques.
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He adds that the technique could be applied not only to protein folding intermediates, but any conformational change in proteins including allosteric transitions and macromolecular assembly.