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Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division
Definition of the Hydrogen Bond
The task group recommends the definition given here for the hydrogen bond. The
short definition is followed by a list of experimental and/or theoretical criteria, which can
be used as evidence for the presence of the hydrogen bond. Finally, some characteristics
that are typical of hydrogen bonded systems are given. A brief explanation of the terms
used is provided after the definition. Moreover, several footnotes (indicated by F#) have
been added and these are given at the end. These footnotes are intended to give more
explanation for the sake of clarity and completeness. The task group has also produced a
comprehensive technical report, which provides a summary of the past work on hydrogen bonding and also the rationale for the proposed definition. After the public review period and any revisions that are required, these will be published in the same issue of Pure and Applied Chemistry.
> Download full text of the Provisional
Recommendations (pdf file - 44KB)
> Download full text of the Technical Report (pdf file - 172KB)
Comments by 31 March 2011
To: Professor E. Arunan
Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
Indian Institute of Science
> Project Description
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