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H20 Dentate

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:54 am
by Tim Foster 2A
If H20 has two atoms with lone pairs on them, why is it monodentate and not bidentate?

Re: H20 Dentate

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:11 am
by Gurpreet Khamba 1J
Since it is the oxygen that will bond with the metal central atom.

Re: H20 Dentate  [ENDORSED]

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:15 pm
by Chem_Mod
Water only has one atom with lone pairs (oxygen), and even though it has two lone pairs, only one can be oriented toward the central metal atom to be coordinated at a time.