Resonance Structures of Carbon Dioxide, Carbonyl Sulphide and Carbon Bisulphide


BY comparing experimental heats of formation with bond energies derived from compounds without alternative Lewis structures, Pauling and Sherman1 deduce resonant structures for carbon dioxide, carbonyl sulphide, and carbon disulphide, of the type: but the impossibility of obtaining a valuation of the bond energies of partially ionic bonds from thermal data does not permit of a more penetrating analysis of the resonance of these compounds along these lines.

Access options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.


  1. 1

    Pauling and Sherman, J. Chem. Phys., 1, 606 (1933).

    CAS  Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  2. 2

    Gray and Cruickshank, Trans. Far. Soc., 31, 1491 (1935).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  3. 3

    Stoner, ” Magnetism and Matter” (Methuen, 1934), p. 274.

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information



Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

CLOW, A., THOMPSON, J. Resonance Structures of Carbon Dioxide, Carbonyl Sulphide and Carbon Bisulphide. Nature 138, 802–803 (1936).

Download citation

Further reading


By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.