The bonding collection

Bonds connect chemists, as well as atoms: as one of the earliest concepts learned during our introduction to chemistry, everyone feels they have a grasp of what bonding is. In this collection we look at how chemists are exploiting non-traditional bonds to make interesting and dynamic molecules, how we’re pushing our ideas of bonding to the limit, and explore whether bonds even exist at all.

An abstract colourful pattern based on the outlines of plastic molecular models

Bonds are the ties that bind chemistry


Those seemingly simple sticks belie our most complex concept



Towards a unified theory of bonding

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Explaining trends across the periodic table with the help of node-induced electron confinement

Molecular model kit

Do bond classifications help or hinder chemistry?


Ionic, covalent, metallic and more… but there’s debate about whether bonds are real at all