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The Chemical Bond in Inorganic Chemistry

I. David Brown


The bond valence model is a version of the ionic model in which the chemical constraints are expressed in terms of localized chemical bonds formed by the valence charge of the atoms. Theorems derived from the properties of the electrostatic flux predict the rules obeyed by both ionic and covalent bonds. They make quantitative predictions of coordination number, crystal structure, bond lengths and bond angles. Bond stability depends on the matching of the bonding strengths of the atoms, while the conflicting requirements of chemistry and space lead to the structural instabilities responsible fo ... More

Keywords: bond valence, flux, covalent, ionic, crystal structure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198742951
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198742951.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

I. David Brown, author
Professor Emeritus, McMaster University