The role of H-bond in the high-pressure chemistry of model molecules Journal Article uri icon

DCO ID 11121/9508-9364-9446-6586-CC

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year of publication

  • 2018


  • Pressure is an extraordinary tool to modify direction and strength of intermolecular interactions with important consequences on the chemical stability of molecular materials. The decrease of the distance among nearest neighbour molecules can give rise to reactive configurations reflecting the crystal arrangement and leading to association processes. In this context, the role of the H-bonds is very peculiar because their usual strengthening with rising pressure does not necessarily configure a decrease of the reaction activation energy but, on the contrary, can give rise to an anomalous stability of the system. In spite of this central role, the mechanisms by which a chemical reaction is favoured or prevented by H-bonding under high pressure conditions is a poorly explored field. Here we review a few studies where the chemical behaviour of simple molecular systems under static compression was related to the H-bonding evolution with pressure. These results are able to clarify a wealth of changes of the chemical and physical properties caused by the strengthening with pressure of the H-bonding network and provide additional tools to understand the mechanisms of high-pressure reactivity, a mandatory step to make these synthetic methods of potential interest for applicative purposes.


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