Author Archives: Slawomir Grabowski

Slawomir Grabowski
PhD in chemistry (1986 University of Warsaw, Poland). More than 30 years of research experience in ETH Zürich (Switzerland), University of Uppsala (Sweden), University of Grenoble (France), Jackson State University (USA), Fukuoka University (Japan), UPMC Univ Paris (France). He joined the Faculty of Chemistry at the UPV-EHU and Donostia International Physics Center as Ikerbasque Research Professor in 2009. His main interests are intermolecular interactions and crystal structures. Member of the editorial boards of Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry and Computational & Theoretical Chemistry.

What more can be learnt from the chemistry of noble gases?. Noble gases, the members of group 18 of the periodic table of elements (in previous terminology – group VIII) are known as monoatomic gases. The latter property is the […]

The pairing of ions of opposite charge is one of the dogmas in chemistry and ion-pairs or ionic interactions often govern chemical reactions or more particularly such processes as synthesis or catalysis. Usually, there is no doubt that ions possess […]

¨The chemical bond¨ is one of the most often used concepts in chemistry. It is also one of the eldest terms since the first definition of chemical bond comes from the studies of G.N. Lewis who published his classical paper […]

The role of molecular hydrogen (dihydrogen) in reactions of organic and inorganic chemistry is very well known . One can mention numerous reactions playing the key role in biochemistry, like for example processes in microorganisms, or the commonly known addition […]

It was reported last year that the carborane superacid H-(CHB11F11) (see Fig. 1) was synthesized and that its primacy of the strength over all other known superacids was confirmed . This is an extremely sensitive to moisture solid which […]

Imagine there is another world in the universe similar to the Earth, where there are mountains, rivers and seas. There are also winds, volcanoes, clouds and rains… science fiction, no, such a world does exist and not too far […]

Boron, in the periodical table situated in the 13 group (group III according to the former nomenclature), is a semiconductive element with properties between that of a metal and a nonmetal. Boron compounds are widely used materials in various […]

The SN2 reaction is one of the most important processes in organic chemistry and has been the subject of numerous experimental and theoretical investigations . The designation SN2 stands for substitution nucleophilic bimolecular. The reaction’s equation, X + R-Y → […]

It seems to be useful to begin this short article with the following quote: . ¨with courageous simplification, one might assert that the chemistry of the last century was largely the chemistry of covalent bonding, whereas that of the present century […]