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Polydentate ligands

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:09 pm
by Kate Zeile 2D
If a ligand is polydentate, does it have to have molecules binding to every binding site available when making compounds? In other words, if a ligand is hexadentate, does it need six atoms/molecules to bind to it or can there be less?

Re: Polydentate ligands

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:54 pm
by James Nguyen 3G
I believe the denticity just refers to how many times the ligand can bond to the transition metal. However, they generally do donate all of these electrons.

Re: Polydentate ligands

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:51 pm
by JonathanLam1G
How do you determine the denticity of a ligand? For example, how would you know whether OH2 is a polydentate?