Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13, 674-683 (2011)

DOI: 10.1039/c0cp00199f

A theoretical study of the interactions of NF3 with neutral ambidentate electron donor and acceptor molecules

A theoretical study of the complexes (dimers and trimers) formed between nitrogen trifluoride(NF3) and the ambidentate electron donor/acceptor systems HF, FCl, HCN, and HNC has been carried out using DFT [M05-2x/6-311++G(d,p)] and ab initio methods [(MP2/6-311++G(d,p) and MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ)]. Due to its structure, the NF3 molecule can interact with both electron acceptors and electron donors through its N and F atoms. Thus, five minimum energy structures have been located for the dimers and four minima structures have been studied for the trimer complexes. New σ-hole bonding complexes have been located.