, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 37-41
Date: 21 Jan 2009

Novel type of mixed O–H···N/O–H···π hydrogen bonds: monohydrate of pyridine

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Investigation of characteristics of hydrogen bonding between pyridine and water by MP2/aug-cc-pvdz method reveals that these two molecules may form three types of hydrogen bonds depending on nature of proton withdrawal site of pyridine. Change of orientation of water with respect to plane of aromatic ring leads to transformation of the O–H···N bond to O–H···π bond via wide region of the potential energy surface where both lone pair of the nitrogen atom and π-system make significant contribution into hydrogen bonding. Hydrogen bond in this intermediate region may be considered as mixed O–H···N/O–H···π bond representing new type of H bonds.