Ligand Naming: -ido vs. -o

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kevinav
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Ligand Naming: -ido vs. -o

Postby kevinav » Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:38 pm

What is the correct way to write the name of a ligand when naming a coordination compound? For example, would the correct name be "cyano" or "cyanido"?

Daniel Lai
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Re: Ligand Naming: -ido vs. -o

Postby Daniel Lai » Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:43 pm

I think either should be fine. I normally use -o because they use that in the answer key more.

whitney_2C
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Re: Ligand Naming: -ido vs. -o

Postby whitney_2C » Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:44 pm

My TA said we can use either and both naming conventions are on the ligand names in coordination compounds sheet on Lavelle's website! I guess you could consider "cyanido-kN" as "more" correct since it's the new form that IUPAC decided on, but for the final we can use whichever we want.


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