Volume 88 Issue 47 | pp. 32-33
Issue Date: November 22, 2010

Hydrogen Bond Reformulation

Proposed new definition broadens the qualifying chemical associations
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: JACS In C&EN
Keywords: hydrogen bond, IUPAC

Textbooks currently define a hydrogen bond as a weak electrostatic interaction that forms between a lone pair of electrons on an electronegative atom and a hydrogen atom bonded to another strongly electronegative atom, typically oxygen, nitrogen, or fluorine. But that definition belies a rich assortment of chemical associations that have come to be called hydrogen bonds in the 90 years since Wendell M. Latimer and Worth H. Rodebush first coined the term (J. Am. Chem. . . .

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