Volume 94 Issue 41 | pp. 21-25
Issue Date: October 17, 2016

The art of the chemical bond

A look at the scientists who spend most of their time thinking about chemistry’s most central concept
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: chemical bonding, aromaticity, electron density, self-assembly

Chemical bonding enables scientists to take the 100-plus elements of the periodic table and combine them in myriad ways to form chemical compounds and materials. The success rate is pretty good, as more than 120 million chemical substances are currently registered by CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society.

But there are still hundreds of millions more waiting to be created. Researchers continue to find new ways to get atoms to interact and stick . . .

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