Title

Red- versus Blue-Shifting Hydrogen Bonds: Are There Fundamental Distinctions?

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title

Journal of Physical Chemistry A

Publication Date

2002

Publisher

American Chemical Society

Volume

106

Issue

9

First Page

1784

Last Page

1789

DOI

10.1021/jp013702z

Abstract

The OH covalent bond of conventional hydrogen bonds of the OH···O type undergoes a lengthening as a result of the complex formation, and the OH stretching frequency shifts to the red; the same is true of many CH···O H-bonds. However, a subset of CH···O H-bonds behave in an opposite fashion, with the CH bond contracting, and its stretching frequency shifting to the blue. Ab initio calculations are performed to determine whether the two contrasting behaviors can be traced to different patterns of electron density shifts within the complex or they are associated with very different geometrical perturbations within the proton donor molecule. The calculations reveal that the density shifts of red- and blue-shifting H-bonds are very much alike, as are the covalent bond length changes that occur within the donor molecule. It is concluded that there are no fundamental distinctions between the two sorts of H-bonds.

Comments

Originally published by American Chemical Society in the Journal of Physical Chemistry.

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