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Coordination Based on Known Free Ligands, Moderate Dissociation Rate, Weaker Electron Affinity of Central Atom Than Ionization Energy of Ligand, and Quantum Paradoxes

Published inCoordination chemistry: a century of progress, Editors Kauffman, George B., p. 226-239
Presented at Denver, March 28-April 2, 1993
PublisherWashingto, DC : American Chemical Society
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  • ACS Symposium Series; 565
Publication date1994
Abstract

Most minerals were described by Berzelius as adducts of binary oxides (a concept close to double salts). Werner pointed out that most double cyanides, many complexes of anmonia and/or of amines, and indirectly even some aqua ions have very slow rates of dissociation contrary to those salt hydrates formed as by freezing of a melt. The era 1916-1984 of electron-pair bonds ignored the inconsistency of the "covalent" or "electrovalent" dichotomy; crystallography confinned most (but not all) of Werner's intuitions; and lip-service was rendered to quantum mechanics as the Chemical Theory of Everything (and the rest). Today we are in a cataclysmic turmoil, separating the factual observables from pedagogic-model chemistry nearly as much as astrophysics from astrology. Arguments related to Werner complexes are presented.

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JOERGENSEN, Christian. Coordination Based on Known Free Ligands, Moderate Dissociation Rate, Weaker Electron Affinity of Central Atom Than Ionization Energy of Ligand, and Quantum Paradoxes. In: Coordination chemistry: a century of progress. Denver. Washingto, DC : American Chemical Society, 1994. p. 226–239. (ACS Symposium Series)
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