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An explicit solvent quantum chemistry study on the water environment influence on the interactions of fluoride with phenol

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The phenol complexes with fluoride in water solution were analyzed for different F⋯O separation distances ranging from 2.6 Å up to 4.0 Å with 0.2 Å intervals. The quenching molecular dynamics runs were followed by hybrid quantum mechanics–molecular mechanics (QM–MM) geometry optimization at B3LYP/6–311+G** level. The analysis of MD trajectories allowed for detailed characteristics of hydration patterns and mobility of fluoride and phenol hydroxyl group. The explicit solvent molecules taken into account in QM–MM studies impose solute geometry changes according to fluctuations of the structure of its nearest neighborhood. Hence, fluctuations of HOMA (harmonic oscillator model of aromaticity index) values were observed corresponding to different conformations of water molecules around the solute. However, the screening role of the water molecules was noticed, which reduces the influence of the fluoride compared with the gas phase. Similarly as in vapor state, also in water solution the formation of hydrogen bond between the fluoride and the hydroxyl group of phenol is energetically favorable.

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The article was received on 02 Oct 2008, accepted on 17 Dec 2008 and first published on 26 Jan 2009


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B817297H
Citation: New J. Chem., 2009,33, 831-837
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    An explicit solvent quantum chemistry study on the water environment influence on the interactions of fluoride with phenol

    P. Cysewski, B. Szefler, H. Szatyłowicz and T. M. Krygowski, New J. Chem., 2009, 33, 831
    DOI: 10.1039/B817297H

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