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Turning symmetric an asymmetric hydrogen bond with the inclusion of nuclear quantum effects: the case of the [CN···H···NC]- complex.

Authors
  • Moreno, Diego V
  • González, Sergio A
  • Reyes, Andrés
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of Chemical Physics
Publisher
American Institute of Physics
Publication Date
Jan 14, 2011
Volume
134
Issue
2
Pages
24115–24115
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1063/1.3521272
PMID: 21241088
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Nuclear quantum effects (NQE) on the geometry, energy, and electronic structure of the [CN·L·NC](-) complex (L = H, D, T) are investigated with the recently developed APMO/MP2 code. This code implements the nuclear molecular orbital approach (NMO) at the Hartree-Fock (HF) and MP2 levels of theory for electrons and quantum nuclei. In a first study, we examined the H/D/T isotope effects on the geometry and electronic structure of the CNH molecule at NMO/HF and NMO/MP2 levels of theory. We found that when increasing the hydrogen nuclear mass there is a reduction of the R(N-H) bond distance and an increase of the electronic population on the hydrogen atom. Our calculated bond distances are in good agreement with experimental and other theoretical results. In a second investigation, we explored the hydrogen NQE on the geometry of [CNHNC](-) complex at the NMO/HF and NMO/MP2 levels of theory. We discovered that while a NMO/HF calculation presented an asymmetric hydrogen bond, the NMO/MP2 calculation revealed a symmetric H-bond. We also examined the H/D/T isotope effects on the geometry and stabilization energy of the [CNHNC](-) complex. We noted that gradual increases in hydrogen mass led to reductions of the R(NN) distance and destabilization of the hydrogen bond (H-bond). A discussion of these results is given in terms of the hydrogen nuclear delocalization effects on the electronic structure and energy components. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first ab initio NMO study that reveals the importance of including nuclear quantum effects in conventional electronic structure calculations for an enhanced description of strong-low-barrier H-bonded systems.

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