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Aromatic embedding wins over classical hydrogen bonding – a multi-spectroscopic approach for the diphenyl ether–methanol complex

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Abstract

Dispersion interactions are omnipresent in intermolecular interactions, but their respective contributions are difficult to predict. Aromatic ethers offer competing docking sites for alcohols: the ether oxygen as a well known hydrogen bond acceptor, but also the aromatic π system. The interaction with two aromatic moieties in diphenyl ether can tip the balance towards π binding. We use a multi-spectroscopic approach to study the molecular recognition, the structure and internal dynamics of the diphenyl ether–methanol complex, employing infrared, infrared-ultraviolet and microwave spectroscopy. We find that the conformer with the hydroxy group of the alcohol binding to one aromatic π cloud and being coordinated by an aromatic C–H bond of the other phenyl group is preferred. Depending on the expansion conditions in the supersonic jet, we observe a second conformer, which exhibits a hydrogen bond to the ether oxygen and is higher in energy.

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The article was received on 24 May 2016, accepted on 21 Aug 2016 and first published on 08 Sep 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6CP03557D
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 25975-25983
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    Aromatic embedding wins over classical hydrogen bonding – a multi-spectroscopic approach for the diphenyl ether–methanol complex

    C. Medcraft, S. Zinn, M. Schnell, A. Poblotzki, J. Altnöder, M. Heger, M. A. Suhm, D. Bernhard, A. Stamm, F. Dietrich and M. Gerhards, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 25975
    DOI: 10.1039/C6CP03557D

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