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Attractive PH⋯HP interactions revealed by state-of-the-art ab initio calculations

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We report in this work a combined structural and state-of-the-art computational study of homopolar P–H⋯H–P intermolecular contacts. Database surveys have shown the abundance of such surprisingly unexplored contacts, which are usually accompanied by other weak interactions in the solid state. By means of a detailed theoretical study utilizing SAPT(DFT), MP2, SCS-MP2, MP2C and CCSD(T) methods and both aug-cc-pVXZ and aug-cc-pCVXZ (X = D, T, Q, 5) basis sets as well as extrapolation to the CBS limit, we have shown that P–H⋯H–P contacts are indeed attractive and considerably strong. SAPT(DFT) calculations have revealed the dispersive nature of the P–H⋯H–P interaction with only minor contribution of the inductive term, whereas the first-order electrostatic term is clearly overbalanced by the first-order exchange energy. In general the computed interaction energies follow the trend: EMP2CintESCS-MP2int < ESAPT(DFT)int < EMP2int. Our results have also shown that the aug-cc-pVDZ (or aug-cc-pCVDZ) basis set is not yet well balanced and that the second-order dispersion energy term is the slowest converging among all SAPT(DFT) energy components. Compared to aug-cc-pVXZ basis sets, their core-correlation counterparts have a modest influence on all supermolecular interaction energies and a negligible influence on both the SAPT(DFT) interaction energy and its components.

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The article was received on 30 Jun 2017, accepted on 29 Sep 2017 and first published on 29 Sep 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP04412G
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, Advance Article
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    Attractive PH⋯HP interactions revealed by state-of-the-art ab initio calculations

    S. Yourdkhani, M. Jabłoński and J. Echeverría, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7CP04412G

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