Ligands

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Ligands

Postby Lusin_Yengibaryan_3B » Thu Nov 26, 2020 1:14 am

What's the difference (molecular) between ligands that only form one bond and those that form more than one bond?

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Re: Ligands

Postby Chem_Mod » Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:01 am

A unidentate or monodentate ligand has only one pair of electrons that it can use to bind to the metal. A bidentate ligand has two lone pairs, both of which can bind to the central metal atom.

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Re: Ligands

Postby Leyla Anwar 3B » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:09 pm

Are ligands specific to transition metals/metals or can they be applied to all elements?

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Re: Ligands

Postby Nina Tartibi 1F » Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:42 pm

Leyla Anwar 1C wrote:Are ligands specific to transition metals/metals or can they be applied to all elements?


I believe ligands are only specific to metals because when I looked it up, the definition of a ligand is an ion/molecule that binds to a central metal atom to form a coordination complex.

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Re: Ligands

Postby Brian Acevedo 3H » Sat Dec 12, 2020 5:22 pm

Leyla Anwar 1C wrote:Are ligands specific to transition metals/metals or can they be applied to all elements?
My understanding is the that the term "ligand" refer to any species that is bound to a metal by a coordinate bond. Because of this, I think it's fair to use the term ligand with an element bound to the transition metal but not to the metal itself.


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