Highlights with ‘bonding analysis’

Strong AT hydrogen bonds: sp2 enhances electrostatics & covalency, no resonance-assistence

The recent cover story of Chemistry Open pursues the origin of the strong hydrogen bonds in Watson-Crick base pairs. While the commonly held theory of resonance-assisted hydrogen bonding underlying this hydrogen bond strengthening has been...

DNA/RNA transverse current sequencing: Intrinsic structural noise from neighboring bases

Nanopore DNA sequencing via transverse current offers a number of advantages with respect to current technologies, however, the base calling error rates are still too high. The source of noise has to be understood in...

Highly accelerated strain-promoted azide-alkyne cycloadditions

In a joint experimental-theoretical effort reported in Nature Communications, highly accelerated azide-cycoalkyne have been achieved and analyzed with DFT. The ‘click’ type reaction has also been demonstrated in a one-pot three-component protein labeling reaction and...

Growth Mechanism of Small Endohedral Metallofullerenes

In two recent combined experimental and computational studies, the optimal cage for each endohedral metallofullerene within the families Ti@C2n and Ca@C2n has been identified and key aspects of the intriguing growth mechanisms of fullerenes were unravelled....

Resonance-Assisted Halogen Bonds in N-Halo-Guanine Quartets

Due to cooperative effects, the total hydrogen-bond energy in guanine quartets is more stabilizing than four times the bond energy of a single guanine pair (see previous highlight). Based upon the similar bonding mechanism of...

Structural and electronic properties of uranium-encapsulated Au14

Gold nanoclusters have a good biocompatibility and low cytotoxicity. Encapsulated metal atoms can stabilize gold nanoclusters as well as change chemical and physical properties with respect to hollow clusters. Based on a typical Au14-cage structure, Prof. Wang...

Reactive cluster model of metallic glasses

Metallic glasses are still poorly understood, especially the lack of long-range order. In a bottom-up approach, researchers from the Colorado School of Mines have studied the chemical interactions between clusters underlying the acrystalline behavior of...

Uranyl nanocapsules: structure & stability

A combined experimental and theoretical exploration of uranyl nanoclusters is the recent cover piece of Chem. Eur. J.  Uranyl polyoxometalates from 28 units (U28) form nanocapsules that are stabilized by the anion they encapsulate. In this study...

Gold-Carbon Bonding in Gold-Alkynyl Complexes

Researchers from Brown University and Tsinghua University investigated and analyzed the chemical bonding between gold and carbon in gold-alkynyl complexes combining photoelectron spectroscopy and relativistic quantum chemical calculations. The importance of this work for understanding...

Stable GaX2, InX2 and TlX2 radicals

Group 13 M(II) species are very rare and unstable, yet may well be key electron transfer intermediates. Employing bulky boryl ligands, thermally stable M(boryl)2 complexes (M=Ga,In,Tl) have been isolated and characterized for the first time....