Polydentates

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Madeline Musselman 3H
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Polydentates

Postby Madeline Musselman 3H » Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:01 pm

How are you able to tell if a compound is mono-, bi-, tri-, etc. dentate just by looking at the name of the compound? (example: NH2CH2CH2NH2)

Christy Lee 2H
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Re: Polydentates

Postby Christy Lee 2H » Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:33 pm

It might help to draw it out, but in general, I usually look for nitrogens with lone pairs and oxygens with a negative formal charge because these most commonly act as binding sites in coordination compounds. Then I count how many there are, and that is how I determine what kind of dentate it is. Hope this helps!


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