J. Phys. Chem. A 115, 12561-12571 (2011)

DOI: 10.1021/jp202917z

Tuning the Interaction Energy of Hydrogen Bonds: The Effect of the Substituent
The effect of the substituent R in the hydrogen bonding properties of FH···FR (R = H, Al, Li, Cl and CCH) complexes has been studied by theoretical calculations. The dependency of the interaction energy with the hydrogen bond distance and R is explained in terms of the topologies of the electron density and the electrostatic potential. A simple model of the hydrogen bond interaction energy, which can be assimilated to an interaction potential, is defined in terms of a stabilizing mutual polarization of the monomers and an overall destabilizing contribution associated with the electron density reorganization when the overlap of the closed shells is large enough. This model shows an excellent agreement with the ab initio interaction energies and is common for all the analyzed complexes. The substituent effect is represented in the model by a single parameter that can be calculated from the electron distribution in the acceptor atom region. The perturbation in the hydrogen bonding interaction induced by the change of R presents a close similarity with that produced by an external electric field of the same order of magnitude than those found in crystalline solids, indicating that both perturbations should play a significant and similar role on the properties of hydrogen bonds in condensed matter.