4. The van der Waals Bond

  1. Valerio Magnasco

Published Online: 21 FEB 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119971986.ch4

Models for Bonding in Chemistry

Models for Bonding in Chemistry

How to Cite

Magnasco, V. (2010) The van der Waals Bond, in Models for Bonding in Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119971986.ch4

Author Information

  1. University of Genoa, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 FEB 2011
  2. Published Print: 6 AUG 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470667026

Online ISBN: 9781119971986



  • long-range interactions - van der Waals bond;
  • elements of Rayleigh–Schrödingertype (RS) perturbation theory;
  • elementary model of chemical bond - atoms in terms of a simple Hückel theory;
  • Rayleigh–Schrödinger perturbation theory for stationary states;
  • simple two-state model of weak interactions;
  • elements of Rayleigh–Schrödinger (RS) perturbation theory;
  • molecular interactions - RS perturbation equations to interaction, molecules A and B;
  • two-state model of long-range interactions;
  • second-order VdW interactions - distortion interaction;
  • van der Waals bond - two closed-shell atoms, point of potential energy surface


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Elements of Rayleigh–Schrödinger (RS) Perturbation Theory

  • Molecular Interactions

  • The Two-state Model of Long-range Interactions

  • The van der Waals Interactions

  • The C6 Dispersion Coefficient for the H[BOND]H Interaction

  • The van der Waals Bond

  • The Keesom Interaction