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J Am Chem Soc. 2003 Dec 17;125(50):15614-22.

Characterization of hydrogen bonds in the interactions between the hydroperoxyl radical and organic acids.

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  • 1Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Avenida dos Bandeirantes 3900, Ribeirão Preto, 14040-901 SP, Brazil.


The hydrogen bonds formed between the hydroperoxyl radical and formic, acetic, and trifluoroacetic acids were characterized using geometric, energetic, and electronic parameters through calculations done with the UB3LYP/6-311++G (3df,3pd) and UB3LYP/EPR-III methods. The wave functions were analyzed through the natural bond orbital, natural steric analysis, natural resonance theory, and atoms in molecules methods. The energy decomposition method proposed by Xantheas was used. The vibrational frequencies and the intensity of the O-H stretching bands, as well as the spin densities, were compared with experimental evidence. The results allowed the characterization of the hydrogen bonds formed in the complexation of the acids with the hydroperoxyl radical. Complexation led to significant alterations in the equilibrium geometry of the monomers. Energetic analysis proved that the studied complexes are stable and allowed the understanding of the effect of the electron-donating and electron-withdrawing groups in their stabilization. The alterations in the electronic structure of the monomers after complexation led to an increase in the resonance of the carboxyl group, which can be partially attributed to the hydrogen bond.

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