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On atom-atom `short contact' bonding interactions in crystals

Abstract : Professor Dunitz questions the usefulness of ascribing crystalline structural stability to individual atom–atom intermolecular interactions viewed as bonding (hence stabilizing) whenever linked by a bond path. An alternative view is expressed in the present essay that articulates the validity and usefulness of the bond path concept in a crystallographic and crystal engineering context.
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Claude Lecomte, Enrique Espinosa, Cherif F. Matta. On atom-atom `short contact' bonding interactions in crystals. International Union of Crystallography journal, International Union of Crystallography 2015, 2 (2), pp.161-163. ⟨10.1107/S2052252515002067⟩. ⟨hal-01521908⟩