A New Unifying Biparametric Nomenclature that Spans all of Chemistry

The science of incorporating daily over 2,000 new names to a base of over 42 million compounds while still maintaining order


  • Seymour Elk, Elk Technical Associates, New Milford, New Jersey.

As a byproduct of historical development, there are different, unrelated systems of nomenclature for "inorganic chemistry", "organic chemistry", "polymer chemistry", "natural products chemistry", etc. With each new discovery in the laboratory, as well as each new theoretical proposal for a chemical, the lines that traditionally have separated these "distinct" subsets of matter continually grow more blurred. This lack of uniformity in characterizing and naming chemicals increases the communication difficulties between differently trained chemists, as well as other scientists, and greatly impedes progress. With the set of known chemicals numbering over 42,000,000 (in Chemical Abstracts' data base) and continually growing (about 2,000 new additions every day), the desirability for a unified system for naming all chemicals simultaneously grows. Moreover, in order to meet the requirements of disparate groups of scientists, and of society in general, the name assigned to a given chemical should, not only uniquely describe that substance, but also should be a part of a readily recognizable order for the entire field. For these purposes, a topology-based "bi-parametric" system of nomenclature is herein proposed.
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Undergraduates in chemistry and their teachers of nomenclature courses, researchers in mathematical chemistry, molecular structure, physical & theoretical chemistry, (in)organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, organometallic chemistry, heterocyclic chemistry, specialists in nomenclature, structure and compound naming, and chemical information specialists.


Book information

  • Published: May 2004
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-51685-5


"introduces a new systematic nomenclature system to provide uniformity. Criteria for nomenclature systems are described rigorously, and this system and existing systems are compared. Applications to a number of areas of chemistry are described in the remaining chapters. Compared to traditional nomenclatures, the system is more of a linear line notation that purports to fully describe the structure of chemical compounds."
R.E. Buntrock, University of Maine, CHOICE Magazine, April 2005

Table of Contents

Non-Integer Bonds.
Other Significant Difference From Existing Systems.
Oxidation Numbers.
The Boranes And Related Aluminum Compounds.
Spiro And Related Compounds.
Topologically Restrained Compounds.
Molecular Rearrangement.