Recent studies suggest that hydrogen bonds, in particular, hydrogen bond chains play an important role in determining the properties of a substance.We report an investigation into the triclinic phase of crystalline malonic acid. One of two intermolecular interaction potentials proposed here is seen to predict the lattice parameters as well as the enthalpy of the triclinic phase in good agreement with experimental data. Structural and dynamic properties are reported. Also reported are the lifetime of the hydrogen bond and hydrogen bondchains of length l along  direction where l = 1 to 5. From the temperature dependence of the lifetime we have obtained the activation energies of the chains. We also report the elements of elastic constant tensor. Theresults show that the presence of the hydrogen bond chain along  direction leads to higher value for elastic tensor Cyyzz suggesting a strong correlation between hydrogen bond chains and the elastic constant along thatdirection. This is consistent with the recent report of Azuri I et al. 2015 Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 54 13566 who reported that rather large Young’s modulus for certain amino acid crystals.
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