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Are One-Electron Bonds Any Different from Standard Two-Electron Covalent Bonds?

Are One-Electron Bonds Any Different from Standard Two-Electron Covalent Bonds?
David Wilian Oliveira de Sousa, Marco Antonio Chaer Nascimento
The nature of the chemical bond is perhaps the central subject in theoretical chemistry. Our understanding of the behavior of molecules developed amazingly in the last century, mostly with the rise of quantum mechanics (QM) and QM-based theories such as valence bond theory and molecular orbital theory. Such theories are very successful in describing molecular properties, but they are not able to explain the origin of the chemical bond. This problem was first analyzed in the 1960s by Ruedenberg, who showed that covalent bonds are the direct result of quantum interference between one-electron states.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00260

DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00260

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