ClO2 Radical

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Sara Sadrolsadat 1G
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ClO2 Radical

Postby Sara Sadrolsadat 1G » Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:23 pm

For the lewis structure of ClO2, in which Cl has an unpaired electron so that the oxygen atoms may have an octet, is the whole molecule then considered a radical? or just Cl? And what does this mean in terms of its chemical properties?

timschaeffer Dis 1J
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Re: ClO2 Radical

Postby timschaeffer Dis 1J » Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:38 pm

The whole molecule is considered a radical. In terms of chemical properties, this just means that it is highly reactive because having an unpaired valence electron is a very unstable state.

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