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Chemical structure



Chemical structure refers to both molecular geometry and to electronic structure. Molecular geometry refers to the spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule and the chemical bonds that hold the atoms together. Molecular geometry can range from the very simple, such as diatomic oxygen or nitrogen molecules, to the very complex, such as protein or DNA molecules. Molecular geometry can be roughly represented using a structural formula. Electronic structure describes the occupation of a compound's molecular orbitals.

Additional recommended knowledge

The following are common methods for determining chemical structure:

The following are common methods for determining electronic structure:

  • Electron-spin resonance
  • Cyclic voltammetry
  • Electron Absorption Spectroscopy
  • X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

See also

  • Molecular geometry
  • Chemical conformation
  • Pauli exclusion principle
  • Lipinski's Rule of Five, describing molecular properties of drugs
  • QSAR, quantitative structure-affinity relationship
  • Chemical property
  • Molecular property
  • Physical property
  • Structure determination
 
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