In 1962, D. June Sutor published the first crystallographic analysis of C–H…O hydrogen bonding based on a selection of structures then known. Her follow-up paper the next year cited more structures and provided more details, but her ideas met with formidable opposition. This review begins by describing knowledge of C-H…O hydrogen bonding available at the time from physico-chemical and spectroscopic studies. By comparison of structures cited by Sutor with modern redeterminations, the soundness of her basic data set is assessed. The plausibility of the counter-arguments against her is evaluated. Finally, her biographical details are presented along with consideration of factors that might have impeded the acceptance of her work.
|Number of pages||16|
|Early online date||23 Apr 2012|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2012|
- C-H⋅⋅⋅O hydrogen bonding
- D. June Sutor
- structural systematics