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The isolobal principle more formally known as the isolobal analogy is a strategy used isplobal organometallic chemistry to relate the structure of organic and inorganic molecular fragments in order to predict bonding properties of organometallic compounds.

Isolobal compounds are analogues to isoelectronic compounds that share the same number of valence electrons and structure. A graphic representation of isolobal structures, with the isolobal pairs connected through a double-headed arrow with half an orbital below, is found in Figure 1.

For his work on the isolobal analogy, Hoffmann was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry inwhich he shared with Kenichi Fukui. To begin to generate an isolobal fragment, the molecule needs to follow certain criteria.

For example, methane is a simple molecule from which to form a main group fragment.

The removal of a hydrogen atom from methane generates a methyl radical. The molecule retains its molecular geometry as the frontier orbital points in the direction of the missing hydrogen atom. Further removal of hydrogen results in the formation of a second frontier orbital. This process can be repeated until only one bond remains to the molecule’s central atom. Figure 2 demonstrates this example of step-by-step generation of isolobal fragments. The isolobal fragments of octahedral complexes, such as ML 6can be created in isolobql similar fashion.

Transition metal complexes should initially satisfy the eighteen electron rulehave no net charge, and their ligands should be two electron isoloval Lewis bases.

Consequently, the metal center for the ML 6 starting point must be d 6. Removal of a ligand is analogous to the removal of hydrogen of methane in the previous example resulting in a frontier orbital, which points toward the removed ligand.

In order to satisfy the zero-charge criteria the metal center must be changed. For example, a MoL 6 complex is d 6 and neutral.

To remedy this, Mo can be exchanged for Mn, which would form a neutral d 7 complex in this case, as shown in Figure 3. This trend can continue until only one ligand is left coordinated anaoogy the metal center.

Isolobal fragments of tetrahedral and octahedral molecules can be related. Structures with the same number of frontier orbitals are isolobal to one another. For example, the methane with two hydrogen atoms removed, CH 2 is isolobal to a d 7 ML 4 complex formed from an octahedral starting complex Figure 4. Any sort of saturated molecule can be the starting point for generating isolobal fragments. With each consecutive generation of an isolobal fragment, electrons are removed from the bonding orbitals and a frontier orbital is created.

The frontier orbitals are at a higher energy level than the bonding and nonbonding MOs. Each frontier orbital contains one electron. For example, consider Figure 5, which shows the production of frontier orbitals in tetrahedral and octahedral molecules. As seen above, when a fragment is formed from CH 4one of the sp 3 hybrid orbitals involved in bonding becomes a nonbonding singly occupied frontier orbital. Similarly when starting with a metal complex such as d 6 -ML 6the d 2 sp 3 hybrid orbitals are affected.

Furthermore, the t 2g nonbonding metal orbitals are unaltered. The isolobal analogy has applications beyond simple octahedral complexes. It can be used with a variety of ligands, charged species and non-octahedral complexes.

Typical ligands used in the isolobal analogy are two-electron donors such as phosphineshalogens or carbonyls. However, other types of ligands can be employed. If ligands donate multiple pairs of electrons, they will occupy multiple coordination sites.

For example, the cyclopentadienyl anion is a six-electron donor, so it occupies three coordination sites. Polydentate ligands can also be used in the analogy, such as ethylenediaminea bidentate ligand, or triethylenetetraminea tetradentate ligand. The isolobal analogy can also be used with isoelectronic fragments having the same coordination number, which allows charged species to be considered.


Any electron metal complex would be isolobal in this example. In a similar sense, the addition or removal of electrons from two isolobal fragments results in two new isolobal fragments. The analogy applies to other shapes besides tetrahedral and octahedral geometries. The derivations used in octahedral geometry are valid for most other geometries.

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The exception is square-planar because square-planar complexes typically abide by the electron rule. Assuming ligands act as two-electron donors the metal center in square-planar molecules is d 8. Uses of the isolobal analogy include providing a shortcut to understanding electronic structure, analofy reactivity and reaction mechanisms, and a method of classifying molecules.

Applications are typically utilized to make connections between well-known systems and less familiar systems. For example, the possibility of unsynthesized compounds can be imagined from those of known molecular conformations. The isolobal analogy does not guarantee these products are capable of being produced, but only proposes a possibility.

Consider the molecule Fe CO 3 complexed with cyclobutadiene. Predicting the reactivity of complexes can also be accomplished isoobal the isolobal analogy. Another application of the isolobal analogy is assisting in predicting reaction mechanisms. As in the other applications the mechanisms of well-known reactions can be used to help predict mechanistic pathways of lesser-known reactions.

There is no limit on the potential comparisons between organic and inorganic complexes. The analogy can flow in either direction organic to inorganic or within each isloobal organic to organic. The study found isoloball reactivity of these two types of complexes to be similar although their catalytic abilities differed in some respects. This study isilobal that the isolobal analogy does not make perfect predictions between two isolobal fragments, as Hoffman warned in his Nobel Lecture.

Goldman and Tyler used the isolobal analogy to determine the most likely mechanism for a deletion reaction. The mechanism of said reaction was studied and theorized to be isolobal to the disproportionation of metal-metal bonded dimers involving valence electron intermediates. The reactions are composed of isolobaal fragments and the key intermediates of both reactions are isolobal.

Thus, the reaction pathways are mechanistically isolobal. Symmetry — Symmetry in everyday language refers to a sense of harmonious and beautiful proportion and balance.

In mathematics, symmetry isklobal a precise definition, that an object is invariant to any of various transformations.

Although these two meanings of symmetry can sometimes be told apart, they are related, so they are discussed together. The opposite of symmetry is asymmetry, a geometric shape or object is symmetric if it can be divided into two or more identical pieces that are arranged in an organized fashion. This means that an object is symmetric if there is a transformation that moves individual pieces of the object, an object has rotational symmetry if the object can be rotated about a fixed point without changing the overall shape.

An object has symmetry if it can be translated without changing its overall shape. An object has symmetry if it can be simultaneously translated and rotated in three-dimensional space along a line known as a screw axis.

An object has symmetry if it does not change shape when it is expanded or contracted. Fractals also exhibit a form of symmetry, where small portions of the fractal are similar in shape to large portions.

Other symmetries include glide reflection symmetry and rotoreflection symmetry, a dyadic relation R is symmetric if and only if, whenever its true that Rab, its true that Rba.

Thus, is the age as is symmetrical, for if Paul is the same age as Mary. Symmetric binary logical connectives are and, or, biconditional, nand, xor, the set of operations that preserve a given property of the object form a group. In general, every kind of structure in mathematics will have its own kind of symmetry, examples include even and odd functions in calculus, the symmetric group in abstract algebra, symmetric matrices in linear algebra, and the Galois group in Galois theory.


In statistics, it appears as symmetric probability distributions, and as skewness, symmetry in physics has been generalized to mean invariance—that is, lack of change—under any kind of transformation, for example arbitrary coordinate transformations.

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This concept has one of the most powerful tools of theoretical physics. See Noethers theorem, and also, Wigners classification, which says that the symmetries of the laws of physics determine the properties of the found in nature. Important symmetries in physics include continuous symmetries and discrete symmetries of spacetime, internal symmetries of particles, in biology, the notion of symmetry is mostly used explicitly to describe body shapes.

Bilateral animals, including humans, are more or less symmetric with respect to the plane which divides the body into left. Quantum mechanical properties of the include a intrinsic angular momentum isllobal a half-integer value, expressed in units of the reduced Planck constant. As anqlogy is a fermion, no two electrons can occupy the same state, in accordance with the Pauli exclusion principle.

Like all elementary particles, electrons exhibit properties of particles and waves, they can collide with other particles and can be diffracted like light. Since an electron has charge, it has an electric field.

Electromagnetic fields produced from other sources anaolgy affect the motion of an electron according to the Lorentz force law, electrons radiate or absorb energy in the form of photons when they are anlogy. Laboratory instruments are capable of trapping individual electrons as well as electron plasma by the use of electromagnetic fields, special telescopes can detect electron plasma in outer space. Electrons are involved in applications such as electronics, welding, cathode ray tubes, electron microscopes, radiation therapy, lasers, gaseous ionization detectors.

Interactions involving electrons with other particles are isologal interest in fields such as chemistry. The Coulomb force interaction between the positive protons within atomic nuclei and the negative electrons without, allows the composition of the two known as atoms, ionization or differences in the proportions of negative electrons versus positive nuclei changes the binding energy of an atomic system.

The exchange or sharing of the electrons between two or more atoms is the cause of chemical bonding. InBritish natural philosopher Richard Laming first hypothesized the concept of a quantity of electric charge to explain the chemical properties of atoms. Irish physicist George Johnstone Stoney named this charge electron inelectrons can also participate in nuclear reactions, such as nucleosynthesis in stars, where they are known as beta particles. Electrons can be created through beta decay of isotopes and in high-energy collisions.

The analgy of the electron is called the positron, it is identical isolobzl the electron except that it carries electrical, when an electron collides with a positron, both particles can be totally annihilated, producing gamma ray photons. The ancient Greeks noticed that amber attracted small objects when rubbed with fur, along with lightning, this phenomenon is one of humanitys earliest recorded experiences with electricity.

Nobel Prize — The Nobel Prize is a set of annual international awards bestowed in a number of categories by Swedish and Norwegian institutions in recognition of academic, cultural, or scientific advances.

The will of the Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel established the prizes in aanlogy, the prizes in Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physics, and Physiology or Medicine were first awarded analogh Medals made before were struck in 23 carat gold, between andthe Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Analoogy were awarded times to people and organisations.

With isolobzl receiving the Nobel Prize more than once, this makes a total of 23 organisations, the prize ceremonies take place annually in Stockholm, Sweden. Each recipient, or laureate, receives a medal, a diploma.

The Nobel Prize is widely regarded as the most prestigious award available in the fields of literature, medicine, physics, chemistry, peace, and economics.