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Intermolecular Interactions between Halogen-Substituted p-Benzoquinones and Halide Anions: Anion-π Complexes versus Halogen Bonding.

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Summary of "Intermolecular Interactions between Halogen-Substituted p-Benzoquinones and Halide Anions: Anion-π Complexes versus Halogen Bonding."

Intermolecular interactions between halo-substituted p-benzoquinones (BQ) and halide anions were examined in solution, solid-state and/or in silico. While X-ray crystallography revealed only halogen bonding (XB) between tetraiodo-p-benzoquinone (I Q) and halides, the results of a UV-Vis study in solutions were consistent with the formation of 1 : 1 anion-π complexes. DFT computations showed that the anion-π complexes of halides with most halo-substituted BQ molecules were more stable (by 2-7 kcal/mol) than their XB analogues, but the stabilities of different complexes of I Q were essentially the same. Thus, the structural features of the co-crystals with I Q were related to multicenter XB interactions between BQs and halides, thus leading to the formation of 3D networks. The observation of anion-π complexes in solutions was attributed to their higher molar absorptivity (by more than an order of magnitude) than that of their XB analogues. Overall, the stabilities of anion-π and XB complexes between BQs and halides were well correlated with the values of highest electrostatic potentials on the surfaces of BQ molecules when their polarizations were taken into account.

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Name: ChemPlusChem
ISSN: 2192-6506
Pages: 441-449

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