Bond energy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

In chemistry, bond energy (E) is the measure of bond strength in a chemical bond. It is the heat required to break one mole of molecules into their individual atoms.[1] For example, the carbon-hydrogen bond energy in methane E(C–H) is the enthalpy change involved with breaking up one molecule of methane into a carbon atom and 4 hydrogen radicals divided by 4.
Bond energy (E) should not be confused with bond-dissociation energy. It is a roughly transferable property, and enthalpy of formation can typically be roughly approximated by simply adding tabulated values for bond energies for all bonds in a molecule, with an error of sometimes just a few percent. However, to get a better approximation is much more difficult.

Bond energy/distance correlation[edit]

Bond strength (energy) can be directly related to the bond length/bond distance. Therefore, we can use the metallic radius, ionic radius, or covalent radius of each atom in the molecule to determine the bond strength. For example, the covalent radius of boron is estimated at 83.0 pm, but the bond length of B–B in B2Cl4 is 175 pm, a significantly larger value. This would indicate that the bond between the two boron atoms is a rather weak single bond. In another example, the metallic radius of rhenium is 137.5 pm, with a Re–Re bond length of 224 pm in the compound Re2Cl8. From this data, we can conclude that the bond is a very strong bond or a quadruple bond. This method of determination is most useful for covalently bonded compounds.[2]

Factors affecting ionic bond energy[edit]

There are several contributing factors but usually the most important is the difference in the electronegativity of the two atoms bonding together.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Frey, Paul Reheard. College chemistry 3rd Edition Prentice-Hall. 1965 p. 134.
  2. ^ Handbook of Chemistry & Physics 65th Edition CRC Press ISBN 0-8493-0465-2.
  3. ^ Alcock, N.W. Bonding and Structure: structural principles in inorganic and organic chemistry Ellis Horwood Ltd., New York. 1990 pp. 40-42.
  4. ^ Bond Energy. 11 July 2003.

External links[edit]