Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:15 pm
What are ligands?
Posted: 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.
Posted: 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.