A unified perspective on the nature of bonding in pairwise interatomic interactions. Academic Article uri icon


  • Different classes of ground electronic state pairwise interatomic interactions are referenced to a single canonical potential using explicit transformations. These approaches have been applied to diatomic molecules N2, CO, H2(+), H2, HF, LiH, Mg2, Ca2, O2, the argon dimer, and one-dimensional cuts through multidimensional potentials of OC-HBr, OC-HF, OC-HCCH, OC-HCN, OC-HCl, OC-HI, OC-BrCl, and OC-Cl2 using accurate semiempirically determined interatomic Rydberg-Klein-Rees (RKR) and morphed intermolecular potentials. Different bonding categories are represented in these systems, which vary from van der Waals, halogen bonding, and hydrogen bonding to strongly bound covalent molecules with binding energies covering 3 orders of magnitude from 84.5 to 89,600.6 cm(-1) in ground state dissociation energies. Such approaches were then utilized to give a unified perspective on the nature of bonding in the whole range of diatomic and intermolecular interactions investigated.

published proceedings

  • J Phys Chem A

author list (cited authors)

  • Lucchese, R. R., Rosales, C. K., Rivera-Rivera, L. A., McElmurry, B. A., Bevan, J. W., & Walton, J. R.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Lucchese, RR||Rosales, CK||Rivera-Rivera, LA||McElmurry, BA||Bevan, JW||Walton, JR

publication date

  • August 2014