Based on a lecture (GDCH-Ortsverband Bonn, February 13, 1969) on the occasion of the 70th birthday of Professor O. Schmitz-DuMont.
The Coordination Number – an “Inorganic Chameleon”†
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2003
Copyright © 1970 by Verlag Chemie, GmbH, Germany
Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Volume 9, Issue 1, pages 25–34, January 1970
How to Cite
Hoppe, R. (1970), The Coordination Number – an “Inorganic Chameleon”. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl., 9: 25–34. doi: 10.1002/anie.197000251
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2003
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2003
- Manuscript Received: 21 AUG 1969
- Coordination number
The purpose of the present article is to describe the changing ambiguous character of the term “coordination number” and its present-day definition in structural chemistry, particularly of typical solids (assemblies of particles with short-range and long-range order). An effort is made at the same time to describe the crystal structure of solids as simply as possible while also taking long-range order into account, i.e. by determining “effective” coordination numbers by the geometrical “polyhedron method” or from MAPLE (Madelung Part of Lattice Energy) values.