Volume 7, Issue 2, December 2019, Page: 115-120
Topological Analysis of the Electron Density Illustrating the Stabilizing Interactions in Some Basic Solid-state Systems
James Tembei Titah, Department of Chemistry, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada
Franklin Che Ngwa, Department of Chemistry, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada
Peter Sirsch, Institute für Anorganische Chemie, Universsität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
Coulibaly Wacothon Karime, Department of Biochemistry, Peleforo Gon Coulibaly University, Korhogo, Ivory Coast
Mamadou Guy-Richard Kone, Faculty of Fundamental and Applied Sciences (UFR SFA), Nangui Abrogoua University, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Received: Oct. 31, 2019;       Accepted: Nov. 21, 2019;       Published: Dec. 7, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijctc.20190702.12      View  543      Downloads  100
The solid-state structures of Sodium (Na), Titanium (Ti), Diamond and Graphite, Sodium Chloride (NaCl), Magnesium Oxide (MgO), Cadmium (II) Iodide (CdI2) and Zirconium Chloride (ZrCl) have been explored in details using computational electron density methods; the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FPLAPW) method plus local orbital (FPLAPW+lo) embodied in the WIEN2k package code. Topological analysis of their DFT-computed electron densities in tandem with Bader’s Atoms in Molecules (AIM) theory reveals a plethora of stabilizing interactions some of which are really strong. Na and Ti metals reveal only metallic bonding, diamond and graphite show covalent bonding between the carbon-atoms. In addition, there exist Van der Waals forces between the carbon-atoms on adjacent planes in the graphene sheets. NaCl and MgO exhibit electrostatic interactions between the metals (Na, Mg) and non-metals (Cl, O) respectively. Furthermore, there exist Van der Waals interactions between Cl and O atoms. CdI2 and ZrCl both show ionic and Van der Waals forces between the atoms. ZrCl exhibit metallic bonding and NNMs between the Zr-atoms, which are absent in CdI2 due to longer Cd-Cd bond distances. Analyses of the electron density flatness (f), charge transfer index (c) and molecularity (μ) were computed. It is observed that the different types of interactions increase with complexity of the solid-state structures. Finally, non-nuclear maxima (NNM) were identified for the first time in heteroatomic solid-state systems.
Atoms in Molecules, DFT Calculations, Electron density, Non-nuclear Maxima Topological Analysis
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James Tembei Titah, Franklin Che Ngwa, Peter Sirsch, Coulibaly Wacothon Karime, Mamadou Guy-Richard Kone, Topological Analysis of the Electron Density Illustrating the Stabilizing Interactions in Some Basic Solid-state Systems, International Journal of Computational and Theoretical Chemistry. Vol. 7, No. 2, 2019, pp. 115-120. doi: 10.11648/j.ijctc.20190702.12
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