Toward a physical understanding of electron-sharing two-center bonds. I. General aspects

TitleToward a physical understanding of electron-sharing two-center bonds. I. General aspects
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsBitter T, Ruedenberg K, Schwarz WHE
Journal TitleJournal of Computational Chemistry
Date Published01/15
ISBN Number0192-8651
Accession NumberISI:000243171300035
Keywordsbond energy analysis, bond types, CHEMICAL DEFORMATION DENSITIES, covalence, diatomics, effective core potentials, minimal basis-sets, molecular calculati, polar bond, PSEUDOPOTENTIALS, quantum-mechanics, transition-state method

In 1916, Lewis and Kossel laid the empirical ground for the electronic theory of valence, whose quantum theoretical foundation was uncovered only slowly. We can now base the classification of the various traditional chemical bond types in a threefold manner on the one- and two-electron terms of the quantum-physical Hamiltonian (kinetic, atomic core attraction, electron repulsion). Bond formation is explained by splitting up the real process into two physical steps: (i) interaction of undeformed atoms and (ii) relaxation of this nonstationary system. We aim at a flexible bond energy partitioning scheme that can avoid cancellation of large terms of opposite sign. The driving force of covalent bonding is a lowering of the quantum kinetic energy density by sharing. The driving force of heteropolar bonding is a lowering of potential energy density by charge rearrangement in the valence shell. Although both mechanisms are quantum mechanical in nature, we can easily visualize them, since they are of one-electron type. They are however tempered by two-electron correlations. The richness of chemistry, owing to the diversity of atomic cores and valence shells, becomes intuitively understandable with the help of effective core pseudopotentials for the valence shells. Common conceptual difficulties in understanding chemical bonds arise from quantum kinematic aspects as well as from paradoxical though classical relaxation phenomena. On this conceptual basis, a dozen different bond types in diatomic molecules will be analyzed in the following article. We can therefore examine common features as well as specific differences of various bonding mechanisms. (C) 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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