A model of the chemical bond must be rooted in quantum mechanics, provide insight, and possess predictive power.

  title={A model of the chemical bond must be rooted in quantum mechanics, provide insight, and possess predictive power.},
  author={Jordi Poater and Miquel Sol{\`a} and F. Matthias Bickelhaupt},
  volume={12 10},
In this response to the preceding paper by Bader, we show that the core arguments and statements presented in the latter are flawed. We argue that it is insufficient for a model of the chemical bond to be rooted in quantum mechanics. A good model must in addition provide insight and possess predictive power. Our molecular orbital (MO) model of the chemical bond, in particular, the associated energy-decomposition approach satisfies all these conditions. On the other hand, Atoms-in-Molecules (AIM… Expand
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