Transferability, in chemistry, is the assumption that a chemical property that is associated with an atom or a functional group in a molecule will have a similar (but not identical) value in a variety of different circumstances. Examples of transferable properties include:
- Chemical shifts in NMR spectroscopy
- Characteristic frequencies in Infrared spectroscopy
- Bond length and bond angle
- Bond energy
Transferable properties are distinguished from conserved properties, which are assumed to always have the same value whatever the chemical situation, e.g. standard atomic weight.
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