Chem. Phys. Lett. 508. 6-9 (2011)

DOI: 10.1016/j.cplett.2011.03.085

Do nitrogen bases form chlorine-shared and ion-pair halogen bonds?

Ab initio calculations have been carried out to investigate the structures, binding energies, and spin–spin coupling constants of complexes with FCl as the Lewis acid and a series of sp, sp2, and sp3 hybridized nitrogen bases. These properties indicate that neutral complexes are stabilized by traditional F–Cl…N halogen bonds, although the chlorine-shared character of the bond is greater with sp2 and sp3 bases. Thus, these complexes are dramatically different from neutral complexes FCl:CNX with sp hybridized carbon bases, which exhibit traditional, chlorine-shared, and ion-pair halogen bonds.