Structural Chemistry of Hydrogen

Wai-Kee Li, Gong-Du Zhou and Thomas Chung Wai Mak

in Advanced Structural Inorganic Chemistry

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216949
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191711992 | DOI:

Series: International Union of Crystallography Texts on Crystallography

 Structural Chemistry of Hydrogen

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Even though hydrogen is the ‘simplest’ atom in the Periodic Table, it has a very rich structural chemistry with eight bonding types. This chapter discusses the nature of the hydrogen bond, non-conventional hydrogen bonds (X-H···π, X-H···M, X-H···H-E, etc.), hydride complexes, molecular hydrogen coordination compounds, and σ-bond complexes.

Keywords: agnostic bond; dihydrogen bond; hydride complex; hydrogen bonding; hydrogen bridging bond; isotopes of hydrogen; molecular hydrogen coordination compounds; polymeric hydrogen; σ-bond complexes

Chapter.  10072 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Crystallography

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