Using alternate Greek prefixes

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Sydney Myers 4I
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Using alternate Greek prefixes

Postby Sydney Myers 4I » Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:43 pm

I know that there's a different set of prefixes to use when a molecule is polydentate, but are there any tricks to use in figuring out if a ligand is polydentate?

Vincent Leong 2B
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Re: Using alternate Greek prefixes

Postby Vincent Leong 2B » Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:47 pm

I'd say your best bet is looking at the lewis structure of the ligand and counting the amount of lone pairs, especially on nitrogen atoms, and counting them as regions where it can latch onto a transition metal complex. As long as the center transition metal has more than 1 bond formed, it will be polydentate.

Anthony Hatashita 4H
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Re: Using alternate Greek prefixes

Postby Anthony Hatashita 4H » Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:54 am

There's a table in the textbook that shows the most common polydendate ligands


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