Half a Century Of Hybridization

C. Barbier*; G. Berthier**    (*) U.F.R. de Chimie-Biochimie, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 43 Boulevard du 11 Novembre 1918, F 69622 Villeurbanne cedex(**) Laboratoire d’Etude Théorique des Milieux Extrêmes Ecole Normale Supérieure, 24 rue Lhomond, F 75231 Paris cedex 05


The hybridization principle of atomic orbitals used from the thirties up to the present days as a prelude to the formation of chemical bonds is surveyed. The expose is centered on the ab-initio procedure of overlap-matrix localization suggested by G. Del Re in 1963 (Theoretica Chimica Acta 1, pp 188-197), and its successive extensions and various applications in Quantum Chemistry are described. Some conceptual aspects of hybridization ...

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