HOFFMANN, ROALD / Chemistry / Researchers

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Hoffmann is currently a professor of chemistry at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA.

Research interests

Applied theoretical chemistry

Dr. Roald Hoffmann has made numerous contributions in the field of chemistry, most notably in geometrical structure and reactivity of molecules.

His group looks at the electronic structure of molecules of any complexity, whether organic or inorganic, discrete molecular structures, or extended arrays in one, two, or three dimensions. They are interested in why they have the structures they do, how they might react, and whether they are stable or good conductors.

Prizes and awards

1981 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
for his theories, developed independently, concerning the course of chemical reactions.
American Chemical Society Priestley Medal; Arthur C. Cope Award in Organic Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry Award; Pimentel Award in Chemical Education; Award in Pure Chemistry
Monsanto Award
National Medal of Science
National Academy of Sciences


Vajenine, G. V.; Hoffmann, R. Magic electron counts for networks of condensed clusters: Vertex-sharing aluminum octahedra. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1998, 120, 4200.

Genin, H.; Hoffmann, R. Theoretical tinkering: The search for magnetically ordered organic polymers built from sulfur, carbon, nitrogen-containing five-membered rings. Macromolecules 1998, 31, 444.

Bickelhaupt, F.M.; Radius, U.; Ehlers, A. W.; Hoffmann, R.; Baerends, E. J. Might BF and BNR2 be alternatives to CO? A theoretical quest for new ligands in organometallic chemistry. New J. Chem. 1998, 1.

Qualitative thinking in the age of modern computational chemistry. J. Mol. Str. (Theochem) 1998, 424, 1.

Liu, Q.; Goldberg, N.; Hoffmann, R. A 2,3-connected tellurium net and the Cs3Te22 phase. Chem. Eur. J. 1996, 390.

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