METAL[=(a[,b[,c[...]]])]

 

When adding hydrogen atoms using ADD-H

All atoms defined as metals are assumed to be 100% ionic.  As a result, oxygen and sulfur atoms near to a metal atom will be automatically ionized.  This can produce structures such as -CH2-COO(-) ... Na(+) and -CH2-COO(-) ... Ca(+2).

In Lewis structures for MOZYME calculations

Some elements might need to be defined as not having any covalent bonds when building the Lewis structure.  This can be in order to generate a sensible Lewis structure for the user or, in rare instances, to generate an acceptable Lewis structure for MOZYME.

Consider ferrocene.  In ferrocene, iron has 8 valence electrons, so if it is allowed to bond to the carbon atoms, it would form 8 covalent sigma bonds.  In such a system, iron would thus be Fe(VIII).  In a zinc finger, if Zn bonds to the four ligands, it would have a formal charge of -2.  Such unusual oxidation states or charges might be of concern to users, however in most cases they would not affect the MOZYME calculation. 

Individual elements and individual atoms can be re-defined as not forming any covalent bonds by use of METAL.  In building Lewis structures, all elements of Groups I and II are considered as being fully ionic.  If they need to be considered as covalent, use CVB to define bonds.

The oxidation state can be changed using METAL by adding the new oxidation state immediately after the chemical symbol.  The new oxidation state must be in the specific form +n, 0 or -n, so, for example [ScI]+ would be Sc(+1) but  Sc(+) would not be allowed.

Individual elements are specified by their chemical symbol, individual atoms are specified by the atom-number of the real atom.  (Real atoms numbers exclude any dummy atoms)

By default, elements of Group IA (Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs) and some of Group IIA (Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba) are considered metals.

Examples

METAL   All metal atoms are re-defined as being 100% ionic
METAL=(Fe)       Re-define all iron atoms are being 100% ionic
METAL=(Au(+3))   Re-define gold atoms as being 100% ionic and in oxidation state +3 (Used by MOZYME only). 
METAL=(Fe,Zn)   Re-define all iron and zinc atoms are being 100% ionic
METAL=(3423)   Re-define atom 3423 as being 100% ionic
METAL=(Zn,6222)   Re-define all zinc atoms and atom 6222 as being 100% ionic
METAL=(22,54)   Re-define atoms 22 and 55 as being 100% ionic

Related key-words:  LEWIS, CVB, VDWM, CHARGE, CHARGES, and MOZYME
See also: Lewis Structures, MOZYME introductionLewis metal atom charges