Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Bead VSM of cubane
I just made a bead VSM (valence sphere model) of cubane (C8H8) by myself. The structure looks neat to me. Every valence electron pair is faithfully represented by a big bead, purple for CC bond and pink for CH bond. Small beads which have no chemical meaning are used to bind the pink beads to the central carbon cube. I didn't distinguish CC bonds from CH bonds. In principle, electron pairs responsible for these two types of chemical bonds should have different momenta. So they should have different sizes of charge clouds.