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Can a C-H∙∙∙O interaction be a determinant of conformation?
J. Am. Chem. Soc.
  • C. R. Jones
  • P. K. Baruah
  • A. L. Thompson
  • Steve Scheiner, Utah State University
  • M. D. Smith
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Whether nonconventional hydrogen bonds, such as the C–H···O interaction, are a consequence or a determinant of conformation is a long-running and unresolved issue. Here we outline a solid-state and quantum mechanical study designed to investigate whether a C–H···O interaction can override the significant trans-planar conformational preferences of α-fluoroamide substituents. A profound change in dihedral angle from trans-planar(OCCF) to cis-planar(OCCF) observed on introducing an acceptor group for a C–H···O hydrogen bond is consistent with this interaction functioning as a determinant of conformation in certain systems. This testifies to the potential influence of the C–H···O hydrogen bond and is consistent with the assignment of this interaction as a contributor to overall conformation in both model and natural systems.

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Can a C-H∙∙∙O interaction be a determinant of conformation? C. R. Jones, P. K. Baruah, A. L. Thompson, S. Scheiner, M. D. Smith J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012 134 12064-12071