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Issue 26, 2019
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The past, present, and future in the nomenclature and structure representation of inorganic compounds

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Abstract

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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Submitted
25 Jan 2019
Accepted
25 Feb 2019
First published
25 Feb 2019

Dalton Trans., 2019,48, 9422-9430
Article type
Perspective

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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