Theoretical Chemistry Accounts

, 136:19

The local response of global descriptors

  • Farnaz Heidar-Zadeh
  • Stijn Fias
  • Esteban Vöhringer-Martinez
  • Toon Verstraelen
  • Paul W. Ayers
Regular Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00214-016-2036-0

Cite this article as:
Heidar-Zadeh, F., Fias, S., Vöhringer-Martinez, E. et al. Theor Chem Acc (2017) 136: 19. doi:10.1007/s00214-016-2036-0
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Festschrift in honour of A. Vela


We consider the problem of defining an appropriate local descriptor corresponding to an arbitrary global descriptor. Although it does not seem easy to rigorously and uniquely define local analogues of derived global descriptors (e.g., the electrophilicity) or the fundamental global descriptors associated with the canonical ensemble (e.g., the hardness), the local response of these global descriptors can be defined unambiguously. We look at the local response of the global electrophilicity and compare it to the conventional, ad hoc, definition of the local electrophilicity. The local response of global nucleofugality and electrofugality is also discussed.


Conceptual density functional theory Electrophilicity Local reactivity descriptor Response function Chemical reactivity indicator 

Funding information

Funder NameGrant NumberFunding Note
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (CA)
    Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek

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        © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016

        Authors and Affiliations

        1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Chemical BiologyMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
        2. 2.Department of Inorganic and Physical ChemistryGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
        3. 3.Center for Molecular ModelingGhent UniversityZwijnaardeBelgium
        4. 4.General Chemistry (ALGC)Vrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium
        5. 5.Departamento de Físico-Química, Facultad de Ciencias QuímicasUniversidad de ConcepciónConcepciónChile

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