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Dissection of H-bonding interactions in a glycolic acid–water dimer

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The binding strength and collective effects of multiple H-bonds in the glycolic acid–water dimer were studied in comparison to the aromatic analog, 9-hydroxy-9-fluorene carboxylic acid (9HFCA). Quantitative analysis by the generalized Kohn–Sham energy decomposition analysis shows that the energy difference in each specific physical interaction, from a glycolic acid–water dimer to a 9HFCA–water dimer, is small and amounts to less than 5% of the binding energy of the 9HFCA–water dimer. Extensive comparison of further, similar H-bonded complexes with widely varying binding strengths reinforces their excellent analogy in that the fluorene group acts as a non-interfering spectator for intermolecular H-bonding interactions. With reference to the spectroscopic measurement on the 9HFCA–water dimer (8.51 ± 0.09 kcal mol−1), the binding energy of the glycolic acid–water dimer is estimated to be 8.51 ± 0.31 kcal mol−1, a much better accuracy than previous reports. Furthermore, correlating the infrared spectra of 9HFCA H-bonded complexes provides a circumstantial probing of the existence and consequences of cooperative and anti-cooperative behaviors in the glycolic acid–water dimer. Our studies point to the interesting H-bonding phenomena in the glycolic acid–water dimer, which may inspire challenging experiments in future.

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The article was received on 06 Apr 2017, accepted on 03 May 2017 and first published on 03 May 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP02234D
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017,19, 14238-14247
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    Dissection of H-bonding interactions in a glycolic acid–water dimer

    Q. Gu, D. Shen, Z. Tang, W. Wu, P. Su, Y. Xia, Z. Yang and C. O. Trindle, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 14238
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CP02234D

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