Special Issue "The Chemical Bond and Bonding"


A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Chemistry, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 May 2008)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Mihai V. Putz
Associate Professor of Theoretical Physical Chemistry, Chemistry Department-West University of Timisoara, Str. Pestalozzi No. 16, Timisoara, RO-300115, Romania
Website: http://www.mvputz.iqstorm.ro/
E-Mail: mvputz@cbg.uvt.ro
Phone: +40 256 592633
Fax: +40 256 592620
Interests: quantum physical chemistry; reactivity indices and principles; electronegativity; density functional theory; path integrals; enzyme kinetics; QSAR; epistemology and philosophy of science

Special Issue Information

The Guest Editor's Introduction to the Special Issue

Dear Colleagues,

cbb-logoYou may have noticed that 90 years have passed since the publication of the cornerstone and perplexing paper of Gilbert Newton Lewis (entitled The Atom and the Molecule, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1916, 38, 762) from where the quantum chemistry begins it own quest for the elucidation of the nature of chemical bond and bonding. This is the historical argument, a celebration year for chemical bonding, a moment of re-thinking about it.

An epistemological argument can be also formulated. As physical sciences seek the Grand Unifications of the existing Forces in Nature, a similar endeavor seems appropriate in Chemistry as well, since all manifest modes of bonding may be seen as facets of a basic chemical bonding content of different degrees of action, in different contexts and environments.

Then, recently, many exotic chemical situations have been reported, such as sextupole bonds, nano- and bio-molecules and aggregates that need both conceptual and computational explanations. The increased need of molecular design for assessing biotargets through pharmacophores, the practical demands of predictions of acute toxicity of medicines and environmental waste compounds, all these actual realities of chemistry in both its principles and applications deserve a special forum.

Finally, among other reputed journals similar projects have also appeared, thus underlying the importance in revisiting or reviewing the actual modes of bonding. Worth note is the recent 500-page special issue of the Journal of Computational Chemistry (JCC) of January 2007 (www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jissue/113493174).

For all these reasons I strongly believe that a special IJMS issue dedicated to CHEMICAL BOND AND BONDING would be highly appreciated by both theorists and experimentalists exploring the chemical state (for the BOND appellative) and reactivity (for the BONDING one).

On a personal ground I am fully engaged in scientific projects concerning unification of chemical bonding modes through quantum principles and indices. In this respect I bring to your attention my recent invited book chapter “Unifying absolute and chemical electronegativity and hardness density functional formulations through the chemical action concept”, in “Progress in Quantum Chemistry Research”; Erik O. Hoffman (ed.); Nova Publishers: New York, 2007 (in press); (www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=5571) as well my invited expert commentary: “Can quantum-mechanical description of chemical bond be considered complete?”, in “Quantum Chemistry Research Trends”, Mikas P. Kaisas (ed.); Nova Publishers: New York 2007 (in press); (www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=5570).

Therefore, in order to create a high quality platform for communication on the topic, I invite you to actively contribute to the special issue on “The Chemical Bond and Bonding”. As Guest Editor I am ready to examine in-depth all papers submitted for this volume and to provide my remarks to improve them for best publication.

Kind regards,
Dr. Mihai V. Putz

Leading Review Papers:

  1. Lewis, G.N. The Atom and the Molecule. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1916, 38, 762-785.
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  • Ab initio methods
  • atoms-in-molecule methods
  • biological interaction
  • biomolecules
  • Born-Oppenheimer and Non-Born-Oppenheimer modes
  • catalysis
  • chemical action
  • chemical education in treating bonding
  • chemical hardness
  • clusters
  • configuration interaction
  • covalent bond
  • density functional theory
  • electron deficient molecules
  • electronegativity
  • electronic localization
  • enzymic interactions
  • frontier orbitals
  • fukui function
  • gas-phase and solvent reactions
  • Hartree-Fock theory
  • history of chemical bond
  • Hückel methods
  • hybridization schemes
  • hydrogen bond
  • hypervalences
  • interfaces
  • ionic bond
  • lone and pair electrons
  • macromolecules
  • meaning of chemical bond
  • metallic bond
  • molecular orbitals
  • molecular quantum information
  • nanosystems
  • natural orbitals
  • nature of chemical bond
  • octet rule
  • orthogonalization schemes
  • population analysis
  • principles of chemical hardness
  • principles of electronegativity
  • quantitative structure-activity relationships
  • quantitative structure-property relationships
  • quantum partition of molecules
  • quantum topology of molecules
  • reactivity principles
  • self-consistent field
  • semiempirical methods
  • softness
  • solid state reactions
  • unification of the chemical modes of bonding
  • valence

Published Papers (10 papers)

Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2009, 10(9), 3671-3712; doi:10.3390/ijms10093671
Received: 6 August 2009; Accepted: 14 August 2009 / Published: 25 August 2009
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2009, 10(2), 507-517; doi:10.3390/ijms10020507
Received: 23 May 2008; in revised form: 5 January 2009 / Accepted: 7 January 2009 / Published: 5 February 2009
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9(11), 2184-2193; doi:10.3390/ijms9112184
Received: 23 May 2008; in revised form: 20 October 2008 / Accepted: 23 October 2008 / Published: 7 November 2008
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9(9), 1841-1850; doi:10.3390/ijms9091841
Received: 30 July 2008; in revised form: 8 August 2008 / Accepted: 15 August 2008 / Published: 17 September 2008
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9(9), 1652-1664; doi:10.3390/ijms9091652
Received: 14 February 2008; in revised form: 28 July 2008 / Accepted: 28 August 2008 / Published: 2 September 2008
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9(6), 1050-1095; doi:10.3390/ijms9061050
Received: 30 April 2008; in revised form: 9 June 2008 / Accepted: 10 June 2008 / Published: 26 June 2008
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9(6), 926-942; doi:10.3390/ijms9060926
Received: 29 April 2008; in revised form: 2 June 2008 / Accepted: 2 June 2008 / Published: 2 June 2008
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9(3), 272-298; doi:10.3390/ijms9030272
Received: 4 December 2007; in revised form: 15 February 2008 / Accepted: 26 February 2008 / Published: 12 March 2008
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2007, 8(11), 1125-1157; doi:10.3390/i8111125
Received: 16 August 2007; in revised form: 9 November 2007 / Accepted: 13 November 2007 / Published: 22 November 2007
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2007, 8(9), 894-919; doi:10.3390/i8090894
Received: 2 May 2007; in revised form: 25 July 2007 / Accepted: 30 July 2007 / Published: 3 September 2007
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