Halogen bonding with the halogenabenzene bird structure, halobenzene, and halocyclopentadiene.

Research paper by Emma L EL Cates, Tanja T van Mourik

Indexed on: 01 Jun '19Published on: 31 May '19Published in: Journal of Computational Chemistry


The ability of the "bird-like" halogenabenzene molecule, referred to as X-bird (XCl to At), to form halogen-bonded complexes with the nucleophiles H O and NH was investigated using double-hybrid density functional theory and the aug-cc-pVTZ/aug-cc-pVTZ-PP basis set. The structures and interaction energies were compared with 5-halocyclopenta-1,3-diene (halocyclopentadiene; an isomer of halogenabenzene) and halobenzene, also complexed with H O and NH . The unusual structure of the X-bird, with the halogen bonded to two carbon atoms, results in two distinct σ-holes, roughly at the extension of the C-X bonds. Based on the behavior of the interaction energy (which increases for heavier halogens) and van der Waals (vdW) ratio (which decreases for heavier halogens), it is concluded that the X-bird forms proper halogen bonds with H O and NH . The interaction energies are larger than those of the halogen-bonded complexes involving halobenzene and halocyclopentadiene, presumably due to the presence of a secondary interaction. © 2019 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2019 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.