Complexity in Chemistry and Beyond: Interplay Theory and Experiment: New and Old Aspects of Complexity in Modern Research

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Craig Hill, Djamaladdin G. Musaev
Springer, Jan 8, 2013 - Science - 242 pages

Complexity occurs in biological and synthetic systems alike. This general phenomenon has been addressed in recent publications by investigators in disciplines ranging from chemistry and biology to psychology and philosophy. Studies of complexity for molecular scientists have focussed on breaking symmetry, dissipative processes, and emergence. Investigators in the social and medical sciences have focused on neurophenomenology, cognitive approaches and self-consciousness. Complexity in both structure and function is inherent in many scientific disciplines of current significance and also in technologies of current importance that are rapidly evolving to address global societal needs. Several of these multifaceted scientific disciplines are addressed in this book including complexity from the general and philosophical perspective, magnetic phenomena, control of self assembly and function in large multicomponent clusters, application of theory to probe structure and mechanism in highly complex molecular species, and the design of multifunctional nanoscale molecules of value in decontamination and solar fuels research. Each chapter is both a review and addresses some ongoing challenges, thus each should provide a good preparation for further work in these highly active areas of research endeavour.

 

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Contents

Challenges of Complexity in Chemistry and Beyond
1
Emergence Breaking Symmetry and Neurophenomenology as Pillars of Chemical Tenets
29
Complexity in Molecular Magnetism
49
Rational Design of SingleMolecule Magnets
73
Emergence in Inorganic Polyoxometalate Cluster Systems From Dissipative Dynamics to Artificial Life
91
The Amazingly Complex Behaviour of Molybdenum Blue Solutions
102
Encapsulated Water Molecules in Polyoxometalates Insights from Molecular Dynamics
119
Organometallic Dendrimers Design Redox Properties and Catalytic Functions
133
Antioxidants of Hydrocarbons From Simplicity to Complexity
150
Structural and Electronic Features of WellsDawson Polyoxometalates
171
Homogeneous Computational CatalysisThe Mechanism for CrossCoupling and Other CC Bond Formation Processes
184
Electron Transfer to Dioxygen by Keggin Heteropolytungstate Cluster Anions
207
Multielectron Transfer Catalysts for AirBased Organic Oxidations and Water Oxidation
229
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