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Title: Formation of hydrogen bonding network of methane sulfonic acid at low degree of hydration (MSA)m·(H2O)n (m = 1–2 and n = 1–5)

This study employs ab initio calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) to investigate the structural properties,1H-NMR spectra, and vibrational spectra of methane sulfonic acid (MSA) at low degree of hydration. The findings reveal that energetically stable structures are formed by small clusters consisting of one or two MSA molecules (m = 1 and 2) and one or two water molecules in (MSA)m·(H2O)n(m = 1–2 and n = 1–5).These stable structures arise from the formation of strong cyclic hydrogen bonds between the proton of the hydroxyl (OH) group in MSA and the water molecules. However, clusters containing three or more water molecules (n > 2) exhibit proton transfer from MSA to water, resulting in the formation of ion-pairs composed of CH3SO3and H3O+species. The measured1H-NMR spectra demonstrate the presence of hydrogen-bonded interactions between MSA and water, with a single MSA molecule interacting with water molecules. This interaction model accurately represents the hydrogen bonding network, as supported by the agreement between the experimental and calculated NMR chemical shift results.

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Scientific Reports
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National Science Foundation
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