Warf, James C. Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California. Los Angeles, California.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Ionic hydrides
- Transition metal hydrides
- Covalent hydrides
- Related Primary Literature
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A compound in which hydrogen is bonded chemically to a metal or metalloid element. The compounds are classified generally as ionic, transition metal, and covalent hydrides. The periodic table can be arranged according to the type of hydride formed (Fig. 1). Covalent hydrides are of two subtypes, binary and complex. Certain hydrides have achieved a position of modest industrial importance, but most are of theoretical interest only. Examples of hydrides are shown in the table.
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