Elucidating the hard/soft acid/base principle: a perspective based on half-reactions.

@article{Ayers2006ElucidatingTH,
  title={Elucidating the hard/soft acid/base principle: a perspective based on half-reactions.},
  author={Paul W. Ayers and Robert G. Parr and Ralph G. Pearson},
  journal={The Journal of chemical physics},
  year={2006},
  volume={124 19},
  pages={
          194107
        }
}
A comprehensive analysis is presented for the acid-base double-exchange reaction as well as the associated acid-displacement and base-displacement "half-reactions" with the goal of elucidating the meaning of the hard/soft acid/base (HSAB) principle and the conditions for its validity. When electron-transfer effects are important and other effects are negligible, the HSAB principle is driven by the surpassing stability of the soft acid/soft base product. When electrostatic effects dominate the… CONTINUE READING
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