Interpretation of hydrogen bonding in the weak and strong regions using conceptual DFT descriptors

Özen, Alimet Sema and Proft, Frank De and Aviyente, Viktorya and Geerlings, Paul (2006) Interpretation of hydrogen bonding in the weak and strong regions using conceptual DFT descriptors. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 110 (17). pp. 5860-5868. ISSN 1089-5639

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp0568374


Hydrogen bonding is among the most fundamental interactions in biology and chemistry, providing an extra stabilization of 1-40 kcal/mol to the molecular systems involved. This wide range of stabilization energy underlines the need for a general and comprehensive theory that will explain the formation of hydrogen bonds. While a simple electrostatic model is adequate to describe the bonding patterns in the weak and moderate hydrogen bond regimes, strong hydrogen bonds, on the other hand, require a more complete theory due to the appearance of covalent interactions. In this study, conceptual DFT tools such as local hardness, () and local softness, s(), have been used in order to get an alternative view on solving this hydrogen-bonding puzzle as described by Gilli et al. [J. Mol. Struct. 2000, 552, 1]. A series of both homonuclear and heteronuclear resonance-assisted hydrogen bonds of the types O-H···N, N-H···O, N-H···N, and O-H···O with strength varying from weak to very strong have been studied. First of all, PA and pKa values were calculated and correlated to the hydrogen bond energy. Then the electrostatic effects were examined as hard-hard interactions accessible through molecular electrostatic potential, natural population analysis (NPA) charge, and local hardness calculations. Finally, secondary soft-soft interaction effects were entered into the picture described by the local softness values, providing insight into the covalent character of the strong hydrogen bonds.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Q Science > QD Chemistry
ID Code:43
Deposited By:Alimet Sema Özen
Deposited On:27 Oct 2006 03:00
Last Modified:04 Sep 2019 09:37

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