The past, present, and future in the nomenclature and structure representation of inorganic compounds†
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.
- This article is part of the themed collections: 2019 Frontier and Perspective articles and The central role of the d-block metals in the periodic table