QTAIM and ETS-NOCV analyses of intramolecular CH•••HC interactions in metal complexes

Ignacy Cukrowski, Krishna K. Govender, Mariusz P. Mitoraj, Monika Srebro

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The topological analysis, based on the quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM) of Bader and the ETS-NOCV charge and energy decomposition method have been used to characterize coordination bonds, chelating rings, and additional intramolecular interactions in the ZnNTA and ZnNTPA complexes in solvent. The QTAIM and ETS-NOCV studies have conclusively demonstrated that the H-clashes (they are observed only in the ZnNTPA complex and classically are interpreted as steric hindrance destabilizing a complex) are characterized by (i) the electron flow channel between the H-atoms involved, as discovered by the ETS-NOCV analysis (on average, ΔEorb = -1.35 kcal mol-1) and (ii) QTAIM-defined a bond path that indicates the presence of a preferred quantum-mechanical exchange channel, hence, they should be seen as H-H intramolecular bonding interactions. The main reason for the formation of a weaker ZnNTPA complex was attributed to the strain energy (from both QTAIM and ETS-NOCV techniques) and the larger Pauli repulsion contribution found from the ETS-NOCV analysis. An excellent agreement between physical properties controlling the stability of the two complexes was found from the two techniques, QTAIM and ETS-NOCV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12746-12757
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number45
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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