Hydrogen Bond Interactions with Sulfur Donors

A. D. Sherry, K. F. Purcell

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Calorimetric enthalpy data are reported for the reactions of the acids, 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol and 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol, with six sulfur donors in CCl4 solution and four donors in hexane solution. Frequency shift data are also reported for the same two acids reacting with eight sulfur donors. Measurement of the heats of solution of each sulfur donor in both CCl4 and hexane allows us to estimate hexane enthalpies for the two donors whose enthalpies could not be measured directly in hexane. A comparison of oxygen and sulfur donor ΔH vs. ΔH and Δv vs. Δv equations reveals the greater importance of van der Waals repulsions in the sulfur donor reactions. The change in relative slopes of these equations may also be related to the greater importance of covalent contributions (CaCb term) to hydrogen bond formation with sulfur donors. The data adhere nicely to linear enthalpy-frequency shift relations which are considerably different from those reported previously for oxygen donors. A comparison of some analogous oxygen and sulfur donor frequency shifts reveals strong P–S π bonding in a series of phosphine sulfides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1848-1853
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 1 1972

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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