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Remsing RC , Klein ML
Halogen Bond Structure and Dynamics from Molecular Simulations
J Phys Chem B. 2019 Jul 25;123(29) :6266-6273
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Halogen bonding has emerged as an important noncovalent interaction in a myriad of applications, including drug design, supramolecular assembly, and catalysis. The current understanding of the halogen bond is informed by electronic structure calculations on isolated molecules and/or crystal structures that are not readily transferable to liquids and disordered phases. To address this issue, we present a first-principles simulation-based approach for quantifying halogen bonds in molecular systems rooted in an understanding of nuclei-nuclei and electron-nuclei spatial correlations. We then demonstrate how this approach can be used to quantify the structure and dynamics of halogen bonds in condensed phases, using solid and liquid molecular chlorine as prototypical examples with high concentrations of halogen bonds. We close with a discussion of how the knowledge generated by our first-principles approach may inform the development of classical empirical models, with a consistent representation of halogen bonding.
1520-5207 Remsing, Richard C ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0922-4882 Klein, Michael L Journal Article United States J Phys Chem B. 2019 Jul 25;123(29):6266-6273. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.9b04820. Epub 2019 Jul 16.