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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9(3), 272-298; doi:10.3390/ijms9030272

Closing in on Chemical Bonds by Opening up Relativity Theory

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Received: 4 December 2007 / Revised: 15 February 2008 / Accepted: 26 February 2008 / Published: 12 March 2008
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Chemical Bond and Bonding)

Abstract

This paper develops a connection between the phenomenology of chemical bonding and the theory of relativity. Empirical correlations between electron numbers in atoms and chemical bond stabilities in molecules are first reviewed and extended. Quantitative chemical bond strengths are then related to ionization potentials in elements. Striking patterns in ionization potentials are revealed when the data are viewed in an element-independent way, where element-specific details are removed via an appropriate scaling law. The scale factor involved is not explained by quantum mechanics; it is revealed only when one goes back further, to the development of Einstein’s special relativity theory.
Keywords: Chemical Bonds; Ionization Potentials; Quantum Mechanics; Special Relativity Theory; Two Step Light Theory. Chemical Bonds; Ionization Potentials; Quantum Mechanics; Special Relativity Theory; Two Step Light Theory.
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Whitney, C.K. Closing in on Chemical Bonds by Opening up Relativity Theory. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9, 272-298.

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