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Nobelocene: a (hypothetical) 32-electron shell molecule?

Friday, April 29th, 2011

The two previous posts have explored one of the oldest bonding rules (pre-dating quantum mechanics), which postulated that filled valence shells in atoms forming molecules follow the magic numbers 2, 8, 18 and 32. Of the 59,025,533 molecules documented at the instant I write this post, only one example is claimed for the 32-electron class. Here I suggest another, Nobelocene (one which given the radioactive instability of nobelium, is unlikely to be ever confirmed experimentally!)