Neil Bartlett and the first noble-gas compound

  title={Neil Bartlett and the first noble-gas compound},
  author={Istv{\'a}n Hargittai},
  journal={Structural Chemistry},
  • I. Hargittai
  • Published 25 October 2009
  • Physics
  • Structural Chemistry
Neil Bartlett (1932–2008) was the first to produce non-transient amounts of a compound of a noble gas. By describing some of the circumstances of his seminal work we gain a glimpse into the process of his extraordinary experimental discovery. It happened in the spring of 1962 and was followed by an avalanche of other discoveries in noble-gas chemistry leading—over the years—to many new substances with the most interesting bonding properties and structures. 
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