A Conceptual DFT Study of Phosphonate Dimers: Dianions Supported by H-Bonds

Luis Azofra Mesa, José Elguero, Ibon Alkorta

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A conceptual DFT study of the dissociation of anionic and neutral phosphonate dimers has been carried out. In addition, the dianion complexes have been studied in the presence of two solvents, water and tetrahydrofuran. The dissociation of the dianion complexes in the gas phase and in solution present a maximum along the reaction coordinate that is not present in the neutral-neutral and anion-neutral complexes. The principal chemical descriptors (chemical potential, reaction electronic flux, hardness, and global electrophilicity index) do not show changes in their trends along the dissociation profiles even when there is an energy maximum in the case of the anion-anion complexes.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2207-2214
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number11
StatePublished - Feb 24 2020
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-06-14
Acknowledgements: L.M.A. is an ULPGC Postdoc Fellow, and thanks Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) for support. J.E. and I.A. acknowledge the Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovacion y Universidades (PGC2018-094644–B-C22) and Comunidad Autonoma de Madrid (P2018/EMT-4329 AIRTEC-CM) for financial support. Gratitude is also due to the KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory using the supercomputer Shaheen II and CTI (CSIC) for providing the computational resources.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.

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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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