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Dr. Ignasi Mata, Prof. Ibon Alkorta, Prof. Elies Molins and Prof. Enrique Espinosa Electrostatics at the Origin of the Stability of Phosphate-Phosphate Complexes Locked by Hydrogen Bonds ChemPhysChem 13

Version of Record online: 7 MAR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201200068

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Stronger than you′d think: Ab initio calculations reveal that hydrogen bonds can lock phosphates into stable gas-phase complexes, showing that hydrogen bonding can overcome anion–anion repulsion. These complexes present a large energetic barrier of dissociation (see picture). The stability of the complexes can be explained in terms of the electrostatic interaction in the hydrogen-bond region.

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