ClO2 is an exception?

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ClO2 is an exception?

Postby Rebekah_Park_2C » Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:08 pm

Why is ClO2 considered to be an exception? What does a molecule have to have in order to be considered a radical?

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Re: ClO2 is an exception?

Postby Andrew Than 3J » Mon Oct 26, 2015 6:16 pm

For Chlorine Dioxide, you need to look at the formal charge, but once you try to keep the formal charges as close to zero as possible, Chlorine ends up having an unpaired electron, and thus it is a radical. This often happens when there are an odd number of electrons and so a single electron gets left unpaired.

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