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Structure and Bonding

Structure and Bonding

Series Ed.: Mingos, David Michael P.

ISSN: 0081-5993

Editorial Statement

It is difficult to accept that the first volume of Structure and Bonding was published more than 30 years ago. The growing series of volumes with their characteristic green and white covers has provided a personal landmark throughout the scientific career of many of us. When you visit a new library, the green and white bands not only guide you to the inorganic section, but also provide some stimulating reading. For some of us, our views on ligand field theory, hard and soft acids and bases, and bonding in cluster compounds were structured by articles in these volumes. The series has almost reached one hundred, and it is perhaps appropriate to reconsider its aims and scope.
The distinguished original Editorial Board consisted of C.K. Jørgensen, J.B. Neilands, R.S. Nyholm, D. Reinen and R.J.P. Williams – names that we clearly associate with the renaissance of modern inorganic chemistry. Not surprisingly the Preface in the first volume showed the foresight and imagination that one would expect of such pioneers. They argued that a new review series was justified because “A valuable service is performed by bringing together up-to-date authoritative reviews from the different fields of modern inorganic chemistry, chemical physics and biochemistry, where the general subject of chemical bonding involves (usually) a metal and a small number of associated atoms. . . . We are especially interested in the role of the ‘complex metal-ligand’ moiety. . . and wish to direct attention towards borderline subjects. . . . We hope that this series may help to bridge the gaps between some of these different fields and perhaps provide in the process some stimulation and scientific profit to the reader”.
Since that time progress in all the scientific disciplines that they highlighted in their Preface has been enormous, and the volume of primary publications has increased exponentially. At the same time powerful new tools have become available to chemists to enable them to tackle problems that were unthinkable only a few years ago. They were right to stress the importance of interdisciplinary studies, and indeed the growth of bioinorganic chemistry has been so dramatic but it now justifies its own review series, Topics in Biological Inorganic Chemistry, which has been initiated by some of the former Structure and Bonding editors. In the flush of success associated with the development of ligand field theory, the founding editors perhaps stressed the importance of the metal-ligand bond too much for modern tastes. Inorganic chemists are now freer to exploit all parts of the periodic table and tackle problems in materials chemistry, biology and medicine. Also the traditional barriers between organic and inorganic chemistry now seem an irrelevance. This catholic approach to the subject is held together by the basic belief that an understanding of the structure and dynamics of the chemical interactions at the molecular level will lead to great insights into the observations made in the laboratory or observed in nature.
We expect the scope of the Structure and Bonding series to span the entire periodic table and address structure and bonding issues wherever they may be relevant. Therefore, it is anticipated that there will be reviews dealing not only with the traditional areas of chemical bonding based on valence problems and dynamics, but also nanostructures, molecular electronics, supramolecular structure, surfaces and clusters. These represent new and important developing areas of chemistry, but others will no doubt also emerge. Physical and spectroscopic techniques used to determine, examine and model structures will fall within the purview of Structure and Bonding to the extent that the focus is on the scientific results obtained and not on specialist information concerning the techniques themselves. Issues associated with the development of bonding models and generalisations that illuminate not only the structures of molecules, but also their reactivities and the rates of their chemical reactions will also be considered relevant.
Previously, Structure and Bonding brought together not only volumes dealing with specific topics, but also published unsolicited articles. In the future, we shall only be publishing volumes on specific topics. It is our goal to provide the scientific community with thematic volumes that contain critical and timely reviews across a wide range of subjects. However, all members of the Editorial Board welcome suggestions for future volumes from readers.
We join Springer-Verlag in thanking the editors now leaving the Editorial Board, M.J. Clarke, J.B. Goodenough, C.K. Jørgensen, G.A. Palmer, P.J. Sadler, R. Weiss, and R.J.P. Williams, whose efforts over the last decades served to maintain the high standards of the series.
Therefore, with the twenty-first century near at hand, we hope that you will agree that the change we are making not only represent a cosmetic change of cover, but a change of emphasis which accurately reflects the way in which the science is developing.
Allen J. Bard, Austin
Ian G. Dance, Sydney
Peter Day, London
James A. Ibers, Evanston
Toyohi Kunitake, Fukuoka
Thomas J. Meyer, Chapel Hill
D.M.P. Mingos, London
Herbert W. Roesky, Göttingen
Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Strasbourg
Arndt Simon, Stuttgart
Fred Wudl, Los Angeles
October 1998

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