Wednesday Colloquia

Investigations of Novel Hydrogen Bonds

by Prof. Sanjay Wategaonkar (TIFR Mumbai)

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from to (Asia/Kolkata)
at Online through ZOOM Webinar ( Zoom link: )
Meeting ID: 979 6325 9354 Pass code: 04072020
Although the hydrogen bonding interaction was discovered little over a century ago, it was formally recognized as hydrogen bond (H-bond) in 1920.[1]  Linus Pauling defined the H-bond in his famous book “The Nature of Chemical Bond” as an interaction between a hydrogen atom covalently bonded to an electronegative atom (read oxygen, nitrogen, halogens) and another electronegative atom.[2]  With the increasing sophistication in the experimental techniques, many novel interactions were discovered in 90’s. Some of these interactions would fall in the H-bonding domain, but their acceptance as H-bond would depend on who is refereeing your paper if it did not involve the conventional H-bond acceptor/donors referred to above. Our focus was on the unconventional H-bonds involving the unconventional H-bond acceptors such as sulfur atom and donors such as SH and CH groups. I will present a few salient results obtained during these investigations.


1. Latimer WM, Rodebush WH, J Am Chem Soc 42, 1419–1433, (1920)

2. L. Pauling. The Nature of the Chemical Bond, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY (1939).