Chemical bonding

Chemical bonding refers to the attraction between atoms and can come in several different types with varying strength. It allows the formation of substances with more than one atomic component and is the result of the electromagnetic force between opposing charges. Understanding the making and breaking of bonds is at the heart of chemistry.

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  • News and Views |

    A comprehensive chemical space of potential inorganic ternary metal nitrides has been explored by computational methods as a guideline for their experimental synthesis and discovery.

    • Ralf Riedel
    •  & Zhaoju Yu
    Nature Materials 18, 664-665
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    Gold — long presumed to be an inert metal — has been increasingly shaking this image over the past couple of decades, mostly through electrophilic behaviour. Now, a two-coordinate gold complex has been shown to exhibit nucleophilic reactivity, with the insertion of CO2 into its polarized Auδ−–Alδ+ bond.

    • Didier Bourissou
    Nature Chemistry 11, 199-200
  • Research Highlights |

    Particle swarm optimization allows one to search vast compositional space for new viable species. Additionally, simulating high pressures has enabled the prediction of hypervalent species such as IF8.

    • David Schilter
  • Research Highlights |

    Certain frustrated Lewis pairs can undergo single electron transfer to give frustrated radical pairs. Such radical pairs have been implicated as important species in the activation of small molecules such as dihydrogen.

    • David Schilter