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This graduate level text presents the first comprehensive overview of modern chemical valency and bonding theory, written by internationally recognised experts in the field. The authors build on the foundation of Lewis- and Pauling-like localized structural and hybridization concepts to present a book that is directly based on current ab-initio computational technology. The presentation is highly visual and intuitive throughout, based on the recognizable and transferable graphical forms of natural bond orbitals (NBOs) and their spatial overlaps in the molecular environment. The book shows applications to a broad range of molecular and supramolecular species of organic, inorganic and bioorganic interest. Hundreds of orbital illustrations help to convey the essence of modern NBO concepts for those with no extensive background in the mathematical machinery of the Schrodinger equation. This book will appeal to those studying chemical bonding in relation to chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry and physics.
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Part I. Introduction and Theoretical Background: 1. The Schrodinger equation and models of chemistry; 2. Hydrogen atom orbitals; 3. Many-electron systems; 4. Perturbation theory for orbitals in the Hartree-Fock framework: the donor-acceptor paradigm; 5. Density matrices, natural localized and delocalized orbitals and the Lewis structure picture; 6. Natural resonance structures and weightings; 7. Pauli exchange antisymmetry and steric repulsions; 8. Summary; Part II. Electrostatic and Ionic Bonding: 9. Introduction; 10. Atomic and ionic orbitals; 11. Charge transfer and hybridization changes in ionic bonding; 12. Donor-acceptor theory of hybridization changes in ionic bonding; 13. Ionic/covalent transitions; 14. Ion-dipole and dipole-dipole bonding; 15. Beta ionic compounds of heavy alkaline earths; 16. Ionic bonding in D-block elements; 17. Summary; Part III. Molecular Bonding in the S/P-Block Elements: 18. Introduction; 19. Covalent and polar covalent bonding; 20. Conjugation and aromaticity; 21. Hyperconjugation; 22. Hypervalency; 23. Hypovalency; 24. Summary; Part IV. Molecular Bonding in the D-Block Elements: 25. Introduction; 26. Lewis-like structures for the D-block; 27. Hybridization and molecular shape; 28. Covalent and polar covalent bonding; 29. Coordinative metal-ligand bonding; 30. Hypervalent bonding; 31. Hypovalency and agostic interactions; 32. Conjugative and hyperconjugative effects; 33. Multi-electron coordination; 34. Vertical trends in transition metal bonding; 35. Summary; Part V. Supramolecular Bonding: 36. Introductory overview of intermolecular forces; 37. Hydrogen bonding; 38. Charge transfer complexes; 39. Transition state species; 40. Coupling of intra- and intermolecular interactions; 41. Summary; Appendices.

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'The authors are clearly leaders in the field. ... the book is well-written with vast numbers of illustrations as well as very useful worked examples. The impressive level of detail for individual systems can sometimes mask the underlying story, but salvation usually comes in the form of incisive summaries at the end of various major sections. This graduate-level book will be particularly useful to those who wish to understand NBO-based arguments presented in the literature and it is likely to be an invaluable resource for anyone who runs, or wishes to run, NBO analysis for themselves.' Chemistry World '... the authors present some of the most intuitive classical concepts of quantum chemistry in an updated and transparent fashion ... The book also contains an interesting discussion of hydrogen-bonding, which may in particular be recommended to biochemists. ... definitely requires a careful study ... chapter after chapter. The reward will be a deep immersion into the world of modern chemical bonding theory, illustrated for a large number of model systems, and supplemented by carefully worked out examples. ... recommended for students and researchers in solid-state physics and materials science.' ChemPhysChem

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