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The past, present, and future in the nomenclature and structure representation of inorganic compounds

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This review examines the origins and development of the compositional nomenclature and additive nomenclature that have been at the heart of formal descriptions of inorganic compounds since the times of Lavoisier and Werner, respectively. The rising importance of structural diagrams is noted, explained and correlated with a decreasing use of formal nomenclature. The future of structure representation is discussed, particularly in relation to cheminformatics and big data. International variations in nomenclature are discussed with reference to the recently published Brief Guide to the Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry and its translations, and implications of increasing internationalisation of chemistry for the integrity of regional languages are discussed.

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The article was received on 25 Jan 2019, accepted on 25 Feb 2019 and first published on 25 Feb 2019


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C9DT00352E
Dalton Trans., 2019,48, 9422-9430

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    The past, present, and future in the nomenclature and structure representation of inorganic compounds

    R. M. Hartshorn and A. Yerin, Dalton Trans., 2019, 48, 9422
    DOI: 10.1039/C9DT00352E

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