Reliable Measurements of Dipole Moments from Single-Crystal Diffraction Data and Assessment of an In-Crystal Enhancement

  • B. Dittrich
  • D. Jayatilaka
Part of the Structure and Bonding book series (STRUCTURE, volume 147)


Using seven examples of high-quality data sets of amino acids it is shown that accurate molecular dipole moments can be obtained from experimental diffraction data. Recommendations for practical modeling choices are given when using the Hansen/Coppens multipole model. Multipole-model results, including those from invariom refinement, are found to be less accurate than results from a basis-set description. The question whether a molecular dipole-moment enhancement in the solid state is fact or artifact is studied by a number of techniques: A theoretical molecule embedded in a cluster of point-charges gives a substantial enhancement, in agreement with Hirshfeld atom refinement with point charges and dipoles. The experimental techniques, multipole refinement and wavefunction fitting, lead to smaller dipole-moment enhancements than the theoretical predictions.


Single-crystal X-ray diffraction molecular dipole moment dipole-moment enhancement multipole model wavefunction fitting hirshfeld-atom refinement 



This work was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG. B.D. is grateful for support of an Emmy Noether research fellowship, grant DI 921/3-2. We thank R. Flaig, A. Wagner and P. Luger as well as R. Destro and P. Coppens for diffraction data. Fruitful discussions with J. Bak, P. Dominiak, M. A. Spackman and H.-B. Bürgi are acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Anorganische Chemie der Universität GöttingenGöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Chemistry, M313, School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical ScienceUniversity of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia

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