Halogen Bonding Begins To Fly | September 21, 2009 Issue - Vol. 87 Issue 38 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 87 Issue 38 | pp. 39-42
Issue Date: September 21, 2009

Halogen Bonding Begins To Fly

ACS Meeting News: Noncovalent interaction akin to hydrogen bonding is becoming an important tool for chemists
Department: Science & Technology, ACS News
Keywords: Halogen Bonding

Hydrogen bonding has evolved from being a curious intermolecular interaction between a hydrogen atom and an electron-rich partner to being a powerful tool for crystal engineering of solid-state materials and for molecular control of protein and DNA chemistry. Now, chemists are making progress in understanding and harnessing halogen bonding, a similar phenomenon pairing a halogen atom with an electron-rich partner.

The nature of halogen bonding and its practical applications were discussed at last month's ACS . . .

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