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expire: All the ways to have a bond - Professor Roald Hoffmann

Frank H.T.Rhodes Professor of Human Letters Emeritus
Cornell University
United States of America
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1981

The concept of a chemical bond, so essential to chemistry, and with a venerable history, has life, generating controversy and incredible interest. Even if (or maybe because) we can't reduce it to physics. I will discuss some of the common experimental criteria for judging the presence and strength of a bond: length, energy, force constants, magnetism, energy splittings and other spectroscopic criteria. On the theoretical side, I will look at bond orders, population analyses, bond critical points, and electron localization functions. And will give a personal opinion on the utility of the various measures.

Date Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Time 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Sciences
Event Type Lecture
CampusDunedin
DepartmentChemistry
LocationCollege Tower G07 Lecture Theatre, located on the ground floor of the University of Otago College of Education Tower Block, 155 Union Street East.
CostFree
Contact NameAllan Blackman
Contact Phone479 7931
Contact Emailblackman@chemistry.otago.ac.nz

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