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In He 2 size 12{ ital "He" rSub { size 8{2} } } {} , both the bonding and the anti-bonding orbitals must be used in order to accommodate four electrons. The two electrons in the bonding orbital lower the energy of the molecule, but the two electrons in the anti-bonding orbital raise it. Since two He atoms will not bind together, then the net effect must be that the anti-bonding orbital more than offsets the bonding orbital.

We have now deduced an explanation for why the paired electrons in an atom do not contribute to bonding. Both bonding and anti-bonding orbitals are always formed when two atomic orbitals overlap. When the electrons are already paired in the atomic orbitals, then there are too many electrons for the bonding molecular orbital. The extra electrons must go into the anti-bonding orbital, which raises the energy of the molecule, preventing the bond from forming.

Returning to the Li 2 size 12{ ital "Li" rSub { size 8{2} } } {} example discussed above, we can develop a simple picture of the bonding. The two 1s electrons from each atom do not participate in the bonding, since the anti-bonding more than offsets the bonding. Thus, the paired “core” electrons remain in their atomic orbitals, unshared, and we can ignore them in describing the bond. The bond is formed due to overlap of the 2s orbitals and sharing of these electrons only. This is also consistent with our earlier view that the core electrons are closer to the nucleus, and thus unlikely to be shared by two atoms.

The model we have constructed seems to describe fairly well the bonding in the bound diatomic molecules listed above. For example, in a fluorine atom, the only unpaired electron is in a 2p orbital. Recall that a 2p orbital has two lobes, directed along one axis. If these lobes are assumed to lie along the axis between the two nuclei in F 2 size 12{F rSub { size 8{2} } } {} , then we can overlap them to form a bonding orbital. Placing the two unpaired electrons into this orbital then results in a single shared pair of electrons and a stable molecular bond.

Observation 3: ionization energies of diatomic molecule

The energies of electrons in molecular orbitals can be observed directly by measuring the ionization energy. This is the energy required to remove an electron, in this case, from a molecule:

H 2 ( g ) H 2 + ( g ) + e ( g ) size 12{H rSub { size 8{2} } \( g \) rightarrow H rSub { size 8{2} } rSup { size 8{+{}} } \( g \) +e rSup { size 8{ - {}} } \( g \) } {}

The measured ionization energy of H 2 size 12{H rSub { size 8{2} } } {} is 1488 kJ/mol. This number is primarily important in comparison to the ionization energy of a hydrogen atom, which is 1312 kJ/mol. Therefore, it requires more energy to remove an electron from the hydrogen molecule than from the hydrogen atom, so we can conclude that the electron has a lower energy in the molecule. If we attempt to pull the atoms apart, we must raise the energy of the electron. Hence, energy is required to break the bond, so the molecule is bound.

We conclude that a bond is formed when the energy of the electrons in the molecule is lower than the energy of the electrons in the separated atoms. This conclusion seems consistent with our previous view of shared electrons in bonding molecular orbitals.

As a second example, we consider the nitrogen molecule, N 2 size 12{N rSub { size 8{2} } } {} . We find that the ionization energy of molecular nitrogen is 1503 kJ/mol, and that of atomic nitrogen is 1402 kJ/mol. Once again, we conclude that the energy of the electrons in molecular nitrogen is lower than that of the electrons in the separated atoms, so the molecule is bound.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
nanopartical of organic/inorganic / physical chemistry , pdf / thesis / review
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
ya I also want to know the raman spectra
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
nanocopper obvius
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
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