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Chimia (Aarau). 2013;67(4):253-6.

Extracting information about chemical bonding from molecular electron densities via single exponential decay detector (SEDD).

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  • 1Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Geneva, 30, quai Ernest-Ansermet, CH-1211 Geneva 4.


The recently introduced molecular descriptor (Single Exponential Decay Detector - SEDD) [P. de Silva, J. Korchowiec, T. A. Wesolowski, ChemPhysChem 2012, 13, 3462] is used to visualize bonding patterns in molecules. In each point of space SEDD is simply related to the electron density: SEDD(r) = In[1/rho2(del(del rho/rho)2)2]. Either experimental or computed densities rho(r) can be used to evaluate SEDD. Here, maps of SEDD are obtained from theoretical densities and reveal such features as core electrons, chemical bonds, lone pairs and delocalization in aromatic systems. It is shown that SEDD provides fingerprints of aromaticity, which can be separated into geometric and electronic effects.

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