more on determining polydentate

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Lindsay H 2B
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more on determining polydentate

Postby Lindsay H 2B » Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:35 pm

I understand that in order to be polydentate, a ligand needs to have more than 1 lone pair to donate to the central metal atom, but does this mean that ligands ALWAYS donate ALL their lone pairs? In other words, just because a ligand has two lone pairs, does it necessarily have to donate both of them or can it still be monodentate by just donating one pair?

ami patel
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Re: more on determining polydentate

Postby ami patel » Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:14 pm

I think that when it asks for number of bonds a ligand could make, you list all possibilities, but it could be possible for it to not donate all of its electrons all the time. Just my thoughts though

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