In chemistry, phi bonds (φ bonds) are covalent chemical bonds, where six lobes of one involved atomic orbital overlap six lobes of the other involved atomic orbital. This overlap leads to the formation of a bonding molecular orbital with three nodal planes which contain the internuclear axis and go through both atoms.
There was one possible candidate known in 2005 of a molecule with phi bonding (a U−U bond, in the molecule U2). However, later studies that accounted for spin orbit interactions found that the bonding was only of fourth order. As of 2020, no molecules are known to certainly have phi bonds.