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The Chemical Bond in Inorganic Chemistry: The Bond Valence Model

I. David Brown


The bond valence model, which is derived from the ionic model, is expressed through a number of rules and equations that determines which acid-base bond structures can exist. Chief among these rules is the bond valence sum rule, which states that the sum of bond valences around an ion is equal to its atomic valence. These rules can be used to understand many of the properties of inorganic structures, such as bond lengths, coordination numbers, their structures and their solution chemistry. The unusual geometries and properties of hydrogen bonds follow naturally from these rules. Because the mo ... More

Keywords: bond valence model, bond valence sum, acid-base bond, inorganic structure, coordination number, hydrogen bond, electronic anisotropy, steric strain, structure prediction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199298815
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298815.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

I. David Brown, author
Professor Emeritus at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.