Defining a Ligand

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Defining a Ligand

Postby Hector Acosta Discussion 1H » Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:57 am

I have no prior knowledge to what a ligand is so can someone please give me a very basic definition of it.

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Re: Defining a Ligand

Postby RussellChin_3A » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:12 am

The ligand is the molecule that donates a pair of electrons in a coordination compound. In other words, it is a lewis base.

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Re: Defining a Ligand

Postby 905022356 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:57 pm

A ligand is a molecule with a lone pair of electrons. It forms coordinate (dative) bonds with transition metal cations. If it only has one lone pair, it is called "monodentate", if it has more than one lone pair and can form more than one coordinate bond, it is called "polydentate".

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Re: Defining a Ligand

Postby Irma Ramos 2I » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:06 am

Can someone further explain the relationship between ligands and coordination spheres and how they relate to the coordination number??

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