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The nature of intermolecular interactions in pyridinium–anion–β-hexachlorocyclohexane molecular crystals

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Abstract

The nature of intermolecular interactions in different molecular crystal configurations formed by pyridinium cations, chloride or bromide anions as well as β-hexachlorocyclohexane (β-HCH) molecules has been investigated using high level ab initio quantum chemistry methods. Several molecular subsystems taken from the crystal unit cell were considered and their supramolecular energy stability was analyzed in detail using high level density-fitting local electron correlation (DF-LMP2 and DF-LCCSD(T)) methods together with the aug-cc-pVTZ basis set. In order to elucidate the nature of the intermolecular interactions between different fragments, the symmetry adapted perturbation theory (SAPT) method up to “2+3” truncation expansion was applied. The SAPT analysis has shown that the “simple” pair model of a halide anion–β-HCH complex is not adequate to properly describe the stability of the crystals, since the charge polarization induced by the cation counterpart on the halide anion significantly changes the nature and the magnitude of the anion–β-HCH interaction.

Graphical abstract: The nature of intermolecular interactions in pyridinium–anion–β-hexachlorocyclohexane molecular crystals

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The article was received on 03 May 2017, accepted on 14 Jul 2017 and first published on 14 Jul 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP02911J
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, Advance Article
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    The nature of intermolecular interactions in pyridinium–anion–β-hexachlorocyclohexane molecular crystals

    I. G. Grosu, M. I. Rednic, M. Miclăuş, I. Grosu and A. Bende, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7CP02911J

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