Hydrogen bond is a weak electrostatic bond formed between a partially positively charged hydrogen atom and highly electronegative atom of the same molecule or another molecule. It is formed when the Hydrogen is bonded to small, highly electronegative atoms like F, O and N. A partial positive charge will be on hydrogen atom and partial negative charge on the electronegative atom.
The bond dissociation energy of H bond is 40 kJ/mole. H bond is represented with dotted lines (- – – -). It stronger than van der Waals’ forces and weaker than covalent bond.
H bond is two types.
- Intermolecular hydrogen bonding 2. Intramolecular hydrogen bonding
Intermolecular hydrogen bonding :
If the H bond is formed between two polar molecules it is called intermolecular hydrogen bonding. i.e., the bond is formed between the hydrogen atom of one molecule and highly electronegative atom of another molecule is known as intermolecular hydrogen bond.
Ex : Water ; HF : ; p – nitrophenol, , ethyl alcohol etc.
Intramolecular hydrogen bonding :
If the H bond is formed within the molecule it is known as intramolecular hydrogen bonding.
Ex: O – nitrophenol ; O – hydroxy benzaldehyde
Abnormal behaviour due to Hydrogen bond :
The physical state of the substance may alter. They have high melting and boiling points.
Ammonia has a higher boiling point than HCl even though nitrogen and chlorine have the same electronegativity values (3.0). Ammonia forms an associated molecule through intermolecular hydrogen bonding.
P – hydroxy benzaldehyde have a higher boiling point than o – hydroxy benzaldehyde. This is due to intermolecular hydrogen bonding in para isomer.
Ethyl alcohol is highly soluble in water due to association and co – association through intermolecular hydrogen bonding.
is liquid but is a gas, since H – bond is present in .