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Hydrogen Bonding Behaviors in Inorganic Solids

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Hydrogen is the most abundant chemical element in universe. It can interact with most elements in the periodic table, in particular forming hydrogen bonds in various organic and inorganic materials. The hydrogen bonding behaviors have been a long lasting topic in the field of chemistry, biology, pharmacy and materials science. In recent years, studies on nonlinear optics, crystal growth and morphology control, nanoscale self-assembly, and microscopic features of hydrogen bonds have greatly lightened the special roles of hydrogen bonds in functional materials design. In this review, experimental and theoretical studies of hydrogen bonds are briefly summarized focusing on X–H· · · Y systems in inorganic solids, due to the fact that much exciting work has been achieved and we are not in a position to give a long discussion on this very wide topic of hydrogen bonds. The characteristics of the most common hydrogen bonds in inorganic crystals such as O–H · · · O and N–H · · · O are discussed in detail whereas other kinds of hydrogen bonds are only briefly mentioned. Furthermore, structure-property relations are discussed for some hydrogen bonded crystals, for example, typical nonlinear optical crystals, piezoelectric crystals, and inorganic crystals having crystalline water in their crystallographic frames. The current review provides an introduction of hydrogen bonding behaviors in inorganic solids and sheds some light on the usage of hydrogen bonds in inorganic crystals design.
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2012-03-01

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