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Studies in Molecular Structure and Valence State Energy


Sheehan, William Francis, Jr. (1952) Studies in Molecular Structure and Valence State Energy. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/708M-H162.


The structures of six gaseous molecules, trifluoromethyl­acetylene, perfluorobutyne-2, tetramethylsilane, tungsten hexacarbonyl, molybdenum hexacarbonyl, and osmium tetroxide, have been determined from a study of their electron diffraction patterns by the visual correlation method employed in these Laboratories. An interpretation of the interesting features of the unusual structures of the hexacarbonyls and the tetroxide is given. This thesis concludes with a discussion of the energies of the valence states of atoms as they exist in diatomic molecules.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:(Chemistry and Physics)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Major Option:Chemistry
Minor Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Pauling, Linus (advisor)
  • Schomaker, Verner F. (advisor)
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1952
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Shell FellowshipUNSPECIFIED
United States Rubber CompanyUNSPECIFIED
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:10182017-141152372
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:10528
Deposited By: Benjamin Perez
Deposited On:18 Oct 2017 22:18
Last Modified:16 May 2023 22:30

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