Neil Bartlett and the first noble-gas compound

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Neil Bartlett (1932-2008) was the first to produce non-transient amounts of a compound of a noble gas. By describing some of the circumstances of his seminal work we gain a glimpse into the process of his extraordinary experimental discovery. It happened in the spring of 1962 and was followed by an avalanche of other discoveries in noble-gas chemistry leading-over the years-to many new substances with the most interesting bonding properties and structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)953-959
Number of pages7
JournalStructural Chemistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Oct 26 2009



  • Don Yost
  • Fluorine chemistry
  • Neil Bartlett
  • Noble-gas compounds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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