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A QTAIM exploration of the competition between hydrogen and halogen bonding in halogenated 1-methyluracil: water systems

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Guo Huan, Tianlv Xu, Roya Momen, Lingling Wang, Yang Ping, Steven R. Kirk, Samantha Jenkins, Tanja van Mourik

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Abstract

Using QTAIM we show that the hydrogen bonding complexes of 5-halogenated-1-methyluracil (XmU; X = F, Cl, Br, I or At) with a water molecule were always stronger than the corresponding halogen bonds. The strength of the hydrogen bond decreased with increasing halogen size. The hydrogen bonds displayed an admixture of covalent character but all the halogen bonds were purely electrostatic in nature. An F---O halogen bond was found and was facilitated by an intermediate F---H bonding interaction. The metallicity ξ(rb) of the C=O bonds neighboring the hydrogen bonds and of the C-X bonds contiguous with the halogen bonds was explored.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-72
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Volume662
Early online date12 Sep 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016

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