Title

Electronic Transmutation (ET): Chemically Turning One Element into Another

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title

Chemistry - A European Journal

Publication Date

3-8-2018

Publisher

Wiley - V C H Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA

Award Number

NSF, Division of Chemistry 1664379

Funder

NSF, Division of Chemistry

Volume

24

Issue

37

First Page

9200

Last Page

9210

Abstract

The concept of electronic transmutation (ET) depicts the processes that by acquiring an extra electron, an element with the atomic number Z begins to have properties that were known to only belong to its neighboring element with the atomic number Z+1. Based on ET, signature compounds and chemical bonds that are composed of certain elements can now be designed and formed by other electronically transmutated elements. This Minireview summarizes the recent developments and applications of ET on both the theoretical and experimental fronts. Examples on the ET of Group 13 elements into Group 14 elements, Group 14 elements into Group 15 elements, and Group 15 elements into Group 16 elements are discussed. Compounds and chemical bonding composed of carbon, silicon, germanium, phosphorous, oxygen and sulfur now have analogues using transmutated boron, aluminum, gallium, silicon, nitrogen, and phosphorous.

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