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J Phys Chem A. 2013 Jan 10;117(1):213-8. doi: 10.1021/jp310510y. Epub 2012 Dec 17.

Substituent effects on O-H bond dissociation enthalpies: a computational study.

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Department of Chemistry, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8107, USA.


Bond dissociation enthalpies (BDEs) can exhibit dramatic variations resulting from substituent effects. The remarkable range of experimental OH bond dissociation enthalpies have been reproduced using CBS-APNO calculations with very good accuracy, so we have employed these calculations to extend the available BDE data. The effect on these BDEs of lone pairs on the atom adjacent to oxygen shows that conjugation in the product radicals is the most important interaction leading to the wide range of values. The BDE's were found to be linearly related to both the spin density at the radical center and to the change in X-O bond order in going from X-O-H to X-O·.

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