Comparison of the extent of hydrogen bonding in H2O-H 2O and H2O-CH4 systems

Cornelia Kozmutza, Imre Varga, László Udvardi

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The displacement of centroids of charge vectors is calculated for localized molecular orbitals for water-water and methane-water complexes. The nature of hydrogen bonding is analyzed in both cases. The centroids of the acceptor-lone pair and the donor-bond pair are all shifted, so they seem to significantly contribute to the H-bond formation in the water-water system. On the other hand, the charge distribution in the acceptor water molecule of the methane-water systems does not contribute substantially to the strengthening of the H-bond, therefore we experience a weaker H-bond in that case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-97
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM
Publication statusPublished - Dec 29 2003



  • Centroids
  • Hydrogen bonding
  • Localized orbitals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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