Resonating Valence Bonds in Chemistry and Solid State

Evgeny Plekhanov, Andrei Tchougréeff

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This chapter combines two complementary parts. In the first part, we discuss (largely qualitatively) the relations between the resonance valence bond (RVB) and tight-binding/linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) pictures of the electronic structure using the archetypal example: the π-system of benzene. The second more formal part is devoted to extensions of the RVB ideas to solids. We exemplify these issues by several simple models ranging from the one-dimensional polyene chain – an infinite extension of benzene molecule – through graphene and finish by probably the most spectacular example of the enigmatic quantum RVB state of copper(II) carbodiimide (CuNCN) – the new material, where an assumption of the RVB character of its electronic phases was crucial for explaining its room- and low-temperature physics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Solid State Chemistry
Subtitle of host publicationPart 5. Theoretical Description
PublisherWiley - VCH
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2017


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