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17 December 2014

Hydrogen Bonds to Phosphorus Observed

Science & Technology - Concentrates

Researchers have found unusual hydrogen bonds to phosphorus in three bimolecular alcohol-trimethylphosphine complexes and have measured their strengths. H-bonds do not usually form to P.

In the new study, in which a hydroxyl H atom bonds with P in another compound, P bears a partial positive charge, making H-bond formation especially unlikely. The work was carried out by Henrik G. Kjaergaard and coworkers at the University of Copenhagen