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Non-anionic ligands

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:29 pm
by Hannah Lee 2F
Can ligands be positively charged? If so, how would you name them?

Re: Non-anionic ligands

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:48 am
by Naji Sarsam 1F
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

Re: Non-anionic ligands

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:55 pm
by haileyramsey-1c
Ligands can be neutral or negatively charged with a lone pair available. They donate the lone pair to the metal cation that is involved.