Modern structural studies of biologically relevant molecules require an exhaustive interplay between experiment and theory. In this work, we present two examples where a poor choice of the theoretical method led to a misinterpretation of experimental results. We do that by performing a rotational spectroscopy study on two large and flexible biomolecules: methyl jasmonate and zingerone. The results show the enormous potential of rotational spectroscopy as a benchmark to evaluate the performance of theoretical methods.
The investigation has been published in JPCL