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Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:15 pm
by Megan Purl 1E
What are ligands?

Re: Ligands

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:19 pm
by Bansi Amin 1D
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.

Re: Ligands

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:28 pm
by Christine Wastila 1H
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.