Revisiting the charge density analysis of 2,5-dichloro-1,4-benzoquinone at 20 K Article (Web of Science)


  • A high-resolution X-ray diffraction measurement of 2,5-dichloro-1,4-benzoquinone (DCBQ) at 20 K was carried out. The experimental charge density was modeled using the Hansen–Coppens multipolar expansion and the topology of the electron density was analyzed in terms of the quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM). Two different multipole models, predominantly differentiated by the treatment of the chlorine atom, were obtained. The experimental results have been compared to theoretical results in the form of a multipolar refinement against theoretical structure factors and through direct topological analysis of the electron density obtained from the optimized periodic wavefunction. The similarity of the properties of the total electron density in all cases demonstrates the robustness of the Hansen–Coppens formalism. All intra- and intermolecular interactions have been characterized.


  • Chua, Zhijie
  • Zarychta, Bartosz
  • Gianopoulos, Christopher G.
  • Zhurov, Vladimir V.

publication date

  • 2017

number of pages

  • 5

start page

  • 654

end page

  • 659


  • 73


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