Photoinduced Intramolecular Bifurcate Hydrogen Bond: Unusual Mutual Influence of the Components

Mark V. Sigalov, Bagrat A. Shainyan, Irina V. Sterkhova

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

13 Scopus citations


A series of 7-hydroxy-2-methylidene-2,3-dihydro-1H-inden-1-ones with 2-pyrrolyl (3), 4-dimethylaminophenyl (4), 4-nitrophenyl (5), and carboxyl group (6) as substituents at the exocyclic double bond was synthesized in the form of the E-isomers (4-6) or predominantly as the Z-isomer (3) which in solution is converted to the E-isomer. The synthesized compounds and their model analogues were studied by NMR spectroscopy, X-ray analysis, and MP2 theoretical calculations. The E-isomers having intramolecular O-H···O=C hydrogen bond are converted by UV irradiation to the Z-isomers having bifurcated O-H···O···H-X hydrogen bond. Unexpected shortening (and, thus, strengthening) of the O-H···O=C component of the bifurcated hydrogen bond upon the formation of the C=O···H-X hydrogen bond was found experimentally, proved theoretically (MP2), and explained by a roundabout interaction of the H-donor (HX) and H-acceptor (C=O) via the system of conjugated bonds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9075-9086
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number17
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Photoinduced Intramolecular Bifurcate Hydrogen Bond: Unusual Mutual Influence of the Components'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this