Density functional theory study on the dihydrogen bond cooperativity in the growth behavior of dimethyl sulfoxide clusters

Natarajan Sathiyamoorthy Venkataramanan, Ambigapathy Suvitha, Yoshiyuki Kawazoe

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We have carried out a density functional theory study on the structures of DMSO clusters and analysed the structure and their stability using molecular electrostatic potential and quantum theory of atoms-in-molecules (QTAIM). The ground state geometry of the DMSO clusters, prefer to exist in ouroboros shape. Pair wise interaction energy calculation show the interaction between methyl groups of adjacent DMSO molecules and destabilization is created by the methyl groups which are away from each other. Molecular electrostatic potential analysis shows the existence of σ-hole on the odd numbered clusters, which helps in their highly directional growth. QTAIM analysis show the existence of two intermolecular hydrogen bonds, of type S[sbnd]O ⋯ H[sbnd]C hydrogen bonds and methyl C[sbnd]H ⋯ H[sbnd]C dihydrogen bonds. The computed ρ and Laplacian values were all positive for the intermolecular bonds, supporting the existence of noncovalent interactions. The computed ellipticity for the dihydrogen bonds have values > 2, which confirms the delocalization of electron, are mainly due to the hydrogen-hydrogen interactions of methyl groups. A plot of total hydrogen bonding energy vs the observed total local electron density shows linearity with correlation coefficient of near unity, which indicates the cooperative effects of intermolecular dihydrogen H·H bonds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)454-462
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Molecular Liquids
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan


  • AIM
  • Cooperativity
  • DFT
  • DMSO
  • Solvents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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