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High-pressure structural study of L-a-glutamine and the use of Hirshfeld surfaces and graph set notation to investigate the hydrogen bonding present in the structure up to 4.9 GPa

DOI: 10.1107/S010876810801793X DOI Help

Authors: P. Lozano-casal (University of Edingburgh) , D. R. Allan (Diamond Light Source) , S. Parsons (University of Edinburgh)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Acta Crystallographica Section B Structural Science , VOL 64 , PAGES 466-475

State: Published (Approved)
Published: August 2008

Abstract: The crystal structure of L-[alpha]-glutamine has been elucidated at room temperature at pressures between 0 and 4.9 GPa by using single-crystal high-pressure X-ray diffraction techniques. The structure is primarily stabilized by five N-H...O intermolecular interactions, which link molecules in a herringbone-like layer arrangement, giving rise to voids within the solid. The application of pressure on the structure results in a reduction in the size of the voids, as a consequence of the shortening of the N-H...O hydrogen bonds, which compress to minimum N...O distances of around 2.6 Å, without driving the crystal structure to a phase transition. The decrease in the hydrogen-bond distances is due to the necessary stabilization of the structure, which arises from molecules modifying their positions to optimize electrostatic contacts and minimize the occupied space. Hirshfeld surfaces and fingerprint plots have been used to rapidly assess the structural changes that occur on application of pressure.

Journal Keywords: High Pressure; Hirshfeld Surfaces; Graph-Set Notation; Hydrogen Bonding.

Subject Areas: Chemistry


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