Electronic Structure of Metal—Metal Bonds
Published Online: 15 SEP 2009
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry
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McGrady, J. E. 2009. Electronic Structure of Metal—Metal Bonds. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .
- Published Online: 15 SEP 2009
The nature of bonding between two metal centres is extremely variable, spanning formal bond orders from 1 to 6, and this leads to a great diversity of chemical properties in metal cluster compounds. The bonds themselves have components with σ, π, δ, and ϕ symmetry, each of which has its own distinct properties. This article reviews the key features of these different bonding components.
- Metal–metal bonds;
- σ bond;
- π bond;
- δ bond;
- ϕ bond;
- molecular orbital theory;