Hydrogen bond acceptor properties of two radicals: nitric oxide molecule and hydrogen atom
Two very significant, although for different reasons, radicals NO. and H. have been examined theoretically as hydrogen bond acceptors (HBA). Two acids have been studied as hydrogen bond donors (HBD), hydrogen fluoride and ammonium. Nitrogen oxide should be a nitrogen base towards both neutral and cationic acids as HBD. Atomic hydrogen, although a much weaker hydrogen-bonded base, should form stable complexes with the ammonium cation. A conclusion of this work is that DFT methods only work acceptably well for relatively strong HBs.