Some structural problems examined using the method of moments

  • Jeremy K. Burdett
Conference paper
Part of the Structure and Bonding book series (STRUCTURE, volume 65)


The method of moments, a technique used by solid state physicists over the past fifteen years or so, is used to develop a model to understand the global structural preferences of molecules and solids as a function of electron count. The model, of direct use to chemists, has ties to graph theory and its conclusions may be used to view structures in a topological sense by considering the variation in stability of structural fragments with electron polulation. The results cross the traditional borders of chemical endeavor. It is shown how several existing ideas, associated with the domains of organic, inorganic, organometallic and solid-state chemistry, may be phrased in terms of the same fundamental concept using these ideas.


Structural Problem Membered Ring Fourth Moment Electron Count Moment Curve 
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  • Jeremy K. Burdett
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  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and James Franck InstituteThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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