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Chemical Hardness: Applications from Molecules to Solids

Chemical Hardness: Applications from Molecules to Solids

Ralph G. Pearson

ISBN: 978-3-527-60617-7

Dec 2005

210 pages

Select type: O-Book

Description

Chemical Hardness is one of the highly useful concepts which enable chemists to understand reactivities without reference to large supercomputers and databases. Originally developed as an intuitive, qualitative concept, it is today firmly based on and justifed by quantum chemistry.

This book explains the history, applications and theoretical foundations of "chemical hardness". Written by R. G. Pearson, the originator of the concept, it is a clear and well-written account of the consequences that can be derived from "hardness". It also shows the links to quantum chemistry and especially density functional theory which have provided a theoretical basis for and at the same time have extended the range of applications of "chemical hardness".

An excellent and highly readable source of information for every chemist!
Historical Introduction - the HSAB Principle
Density Functional Theory -
Hardness Defined exactly
Applications to Chemistry -
Bond Energies
The Principle of Maximum Hardness
The Solid State and Physical Hardness
"...anyone interested in HSAB ideas and/or solid state chemistry should read and, I hope, enjoy this book..."
Chemistry & Industry

"A wealth of data and references is used to illustrate and support the arguments presented."
Chemistry in Britain

... The book is written by the originator of the HSAB principle, and is a tour de force. ... Anyone interested in HSAB ideas and/or solid-state chemistry should read and, I hope, enjoy this book.
Chemistry & Industry