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Megan Purl 1E
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Postby Megan Purl 1E » Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:15 pm

What are ligands?

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Re: Ligands

Postby Bansi Amin 1D » Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:19 pm

A ligand is an ion or neutral atom that bonds to a central metal atom. A ligand acts as a Lewis base meaning it donates an electron pair to the central atom. They bond through coordinate bonding.

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Re: Ligands

Postby Christine Wastila 1H » Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:28 pm

Just to add on, ligands can be mono- or polydentate depending on how many donor atoms they have. A ligand with one donor atom can bind to the central atom once, making it monodentate. A ligand with multiple donor atoms can bind with the central atom more then once, making it polydentate.

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