Two Investigations on Triple Bonds

Speaker: Gernot Frenking (Fachbereich Chemie, Philipps-Universität Marburg).


(1) Why is nitrogen a diatomic molecule N2 but phosphorous is P4 (Td)?
(2) Why has acetylene a linear structure with a H-C?C-H triple bond whereas the heavier group-14 homologues exhibit very different geometries?

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