I've been performing Gaussian 16 DFT optimization and single-point energy calculations on different conformers of a rather large organic molecule. My first series of calculations was without solvent model, the second one was with dichloromethane solvent effects included via SMD model. When I analyzed the results, I saw that the absolute energy of the conformers became lower in solvent (as expected due to solvent interactions) but also the energy differences between the conformers became smaller. The order of conformers according to energy however did not change a lot. This would mean that conformers having a higher energy in gas phase than other conformers would experience more stabilization by the solvent. Is this possible? How could this be caused?
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Thanks in advance