Non-anionic ligands

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Hannah Lee 2F
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Non-anionic ligands

Postby Hannah Lee 2F » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:29 pm

Can ligands be positively charged? If so, how would you name them?

Naji Sarsam 1F
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Re: Non-anionic ligands

Postby Naji Sarsam 1F » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:48 am

It is possible to have positively charged ligands, although they are rare because ligands are lewis bases. The charge of the ligand does not matter in naming, but the charge of the central transition metal does matter. So if the positively charged ligand means that the central transition metal has a negative charge, then make sure to add the suffix -ate to the metals name

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Re: Non-anionic ligands

Postby haileyramsey-1c » Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:55 pm

Ligands can be neutral or negatively charged with a lone pair available. They donate the lone pair to the metal cation that is involved.

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