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Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:04 am
by Jane Burgan 1C
The textbook says that if a ligand is polydentate, then use the bis, tris, and tetrakis prefixes instead. How do you know if a ligand is polydentate?

Re: Ligands

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:39 pm
by Louis Zhao 4C
A Ligand is a polydentate if it has two or more atoms that have lone pairs and can therefore bind to a metal ion. I found this website to be extremely helpful in defining the various types of ligands :

Re: Ligands

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:15 pm
by Rami_Z_AbuQubo_2K
A ligand is polydentrate when the electron lone pairs are found to be distributed among different atoms on a particular ligand rather than having the electron lone pairs on one atom, where it would not be polydentrate. Hope this helps