Insights into “carbon bonds” highlighted

Schematic of proposed "carbon bond"The work of PCCP Advisory Board member Professor Elangannan Arunan on noncovalent bonding interactions has been highlighted in the latest Edition of Chemical & Engineering News. The so-called “carbon bonds” have been suggested as the force behind the hydrophobic effect.

You can find the full details of this fascinating research here:

The X–CY (X = O/F, Y = O/S/F/Cl/Br/N/P) ‘carbon bond’ and hydrophobic interactions
Devendra Mani and E. Arunan
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP51658J

The C&EN article also discusses the important work of Professor T. N. Guru Row’s group which very recently appeared in Chemical Communications on X-ray data which provides experimental evidence of the effect:

Experimental evidence for ‘carbon bonding’ in the solid state from charge density analysis
Sajesh P. Thomas, Mysore S. Pavan and T. N. Guru Row
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC47226D

And while you are at it, check out the PCCP Perspective by Peter Politzer et al. which provides an overview of this area:

Halogen bonding and other σ-hole interactions: a perspective
Peter Politzer, Jane S. Murray and Timothy Clark
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP00054K

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