On the usefulness of bond orders and overlap populations to chalcogen-nitrogen systems

Julianna Oláh, Frank Blockhuys, Tamás Veszprémi, Christian Van Alsenoy

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Bond orders calculated using the Mayer, Wiberg or NAO methodologies are incompatible with the observed bond lengths in chalcogen-nitrogen systems. To study this discrepancy four types of bond orders and three types of (scaled) overlap populations have been used to determine the bonding in these systems. A new overlap population based on the Hirshfeld partitioning of the electron density is compared to the Mayer, Wiberg, NAO and Fuzzy bond order schemes and the Mulliken and Fuzzy overlap population schemes. The correlation between the investigated bond orders and overlap populations is excellent for common organic molecules, but the (scaled) Hirshfeld and Fuzzy overlap population schemes produce the best results for a series of chalcogen-nitrogen systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-77
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 9 2006



  • Bond order
  • Bonding
  • Chalcogen-nitrogen systems
  • Hirshfeld partitioning
  • Overlap population

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry

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