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With respect to the question "if a chemical reaction is possible or not", here is some background material on oxygen species. In particular, Singlet oxygen apparently reacts with oxygen (also referred to as dioxygen) creating a very strong (but transient) oxidizing atomic oxygen. Examples of possible reactions of interest, including atomic oxygen, ...

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Crystal Field Theory assumes that all of the interactions occuring are purely electrostatic and only concern d-orbitals. This is clearly not true when dealing with some ligands which create a covalent bond. Most limitations of CFT all stem from the inability to explain non-electrostatic interactions. For this reason, it works well when the electrostatic ...

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Bond order is the number of electrons shared between two atoms divided by two. There are a few things that limit how high a bond order can possibly go, however. First, atoms can usually only form bonds until their valence electron shells are filled (any more electron would be unstable). The heaviest elements, those of periods 6 and 7, have at most 32 valence ...

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tl;dr Bent's Rule should be relegated to the dustbin alongside Pauling's claim that $\ce{H2S}$ and $\ce{PH3}$ bond with nearly pure p orbitals. The above statement is deliberately provocative in the hope that someone with a different perspective will chime in. In the meantime, here's my understanding. My first thought was that Bent's Rule was never intended ...

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