Journal of Chemical Sciences

, Volume 117, Issue 5, pp 369–377

Chemical hardness and density functional theory

  • Ralph G. Pearson

DOI: 10.1007/BF02708340

Cite this article as:
Pearson, R.G. J Chem Sci (2005) 117: 369. doi:10.1007/BF02708340


The concept of chemical hardness is reviewed from a personal point of view.


Hardnesssoftnesshard & soft acids bases (HSAB)principle of maximum hardness (PMH) density functional theory (DFT)

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralph G. Pearson
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  1. 1.Chemistry DepartmentUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA