Journal of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 125471, 17 pages
Research Article

Temperature and H/D Isotopic Effects in the IR Spectra of the Hydrogen Bond in Solid-State 2-Furanacetic Acid and 2-Furanacrylic Acid

Institute of Chemistry, University of Silesia, 9 Szkolna Street, 40-006 Katowice, Poland

Received 1 March 2012; Revised 16 June 2012; Accepted 4 July 2012

Academic Editor: Joanna Sadlej

Copyright © 2012 Henryk T. Flakus and Anna Jarczyk-Jędryka. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Polarized IR spectra of 2-furanacetic acid and of 2-furanacrylic acid crystals were measured at 293 K and 77 K in the 𝑣OH and 𝑣OH band frequency ranges. The corresponding spectra of the two individual systems strongly differ, one from the other, by the corresponding band shapes as well as by the temperature effect characterizing the bands. The crystal spectral properties remain in a close relation with the electronic structure of the two different molecular systems. We show that a vibronic coupling mechanism involving the hydrogen bond protons and the electrons on the π-electronic systems in the molecules determines the way in which the vibrational exciton coupling between the hydrogen bonds in the carboxylic acid dimers occurs. A strong coupling in 2-furanacrylic acid dimers prefers a “tail-to-head-” type Davydov coupling widespread by the π-electrons. A weak through-space coupling in 2-furanacetic acid dimers is responsible for a “side-to-side-” type coupling. The relative contribution of each exciton coupling mechanism in the dimer spectra generation is temperature and the molecular electronic structure dependent. This explains the observed difference in the temperature-induced evolution of the compared spectra.