Triple-bond covalent radii

Chemistry. 2005 Jun 6;11(12):3511-20. doi: 10.1002/chem.200401299.


A system of additive covalent radii is proposed for sigma(2) pi(4) triple bonds involving elements from Be to E 112 (eka-mercury). Borderline cases with weak multiple bonding are included. Only the elements in Group 1, the elements Zn-Hg in Group 12 and Ne in Group 18 are then totally excluded. Gaps are left at late actinides and some lanthanides. The standard deviation for the 324 included data points is 3.2 pm.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Mathematics
  • Metals / chemistry*
  • Quantum Theory


  • Metals