Chemical structure

Phosphorus pentoxide chemical structure in 2D

A chemical structure of a molecule is a spatial arrangement of its atoms and their chemical bonds. Its determination includes a chemist's specifying the molecular geometry and, when feasible and necessary, the electronic structure of the target molecule or other solid. Molecular geometry refers to the spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule and the chemical bonds that hold the atoms together and can be represented using structural formulae and by molecular models;[1] complete electronic structure descriptions include specifying the occupation of a molecule's molecular orbitals.[2][3] Structure determination can be applied to a range of targets from very simple molecules (e.g., diatomic oxygen or nitrogen) to very complex ones (e.g., such as protein or DNA).

  1. ^ Haaland, Arne. (2008). Molecules and models : the molecular structures of main group element compounds. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-923535-3. OCLC 173809048.
  2. ^ Weinhold, Frank, 1941- (2005). Valency and bonding : a natural bond orbital donor-acceptor perspective. Landis, Clark R., 1956-. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-83128-8. OCLC 59712377.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Gillespie, Ronald J. (Ronald James) (2001). Chemical bonding and molecular geometry : from Lewis to electron densities. Popelier, Paul L. A. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-510495-1. OCLC 43552798.

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