The main themes of the lecture are the bonding in low-coordinate or multiple bonded heavier group 14 element compounds and the reactions of such compounds with hydrogen and other small molecules. It will be shown that the studies of these topics have led to new insights on the nature of the element-element bonding. In addition, they have highlighted the often subtle effects of London dispersion forces on their structure, stability, and reactivity. Furthermore the experimental studies have provided support for the charge-shift character of many of the multiple bonds.
Professor Philip P. Power
Department of Chemistry
University of California at Davis
Chemistry Building, Room 400
R. B. King Lecture