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Published: 25 June 2009

330 Pages | 120 b+w line drawings and 4-page colour plate section


ISBN: 9780199558964

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The Nature of the Hydrogen Bond

Outline of a Comprehensive Hydrogen Bond Theory

Gastone Gilli and Paola Gilli

International Union of Crystallography Monographs on Crystallography

  • Presents the most comprehensive H-bond interpretation in terms of classical chemical bonding theories.
  • Provides full description and careful classification of all types of H-bonds, including the less common ones formed by transition metals, and with particular emphasis on strong H-bonds.
  • Combines classical thermodynamics and structural crystallography to relate H-bond energies and geometries.
  • Includes relationships between H-bond enthalpies and Gibbs free energies, and discusses binding constants in gas phase, non-polar solvents, crystals, and aqueous solution.
  • Provides detailed analysis of the functional role played by strong H-bonds in the mechanisms of important chemical and biochemical processes, such as enzymatic catalysis, transport through cell membranes, crystal design, prototropic tautomerism, and molecular mechanisms of functional materials.