Journal of Mathematical Chemistry

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 15–23 | Cite as

Graphs and thermodynamics

  • Lionello Pogliani
Original Paper


Graphs are used in many fields of chemistry for codification and model purposes. One of these fields is widely known under the acronym QSAR/QSPR, i.e., quantitative structure–activity/structure–property relationships. In chemical graph studies directed graphs, known as digraphs, i.e., graphs with a preferred direction, have mainly been used to codify chemical reaction networks. Actually, digraphs, especially directed acyclic graphs together with simple graphs, can be used to draw a metalanguage of thermodynamics that codifies rules and properties which can be used to automatically derive many well-known, and less-known, thermodynamic relationships.


Directed graphs Simple graphs Thermodynamic digraphs Thermodynamic relationships 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di ChimicaUniversità della CalabriaRendeItaly

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