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Naming of Ligands

Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:24 pm
by nelms6678
What are the definitions of monodentate, bidentate, and tridentate?

In that case what makes NH2CH2CH2NH2 a bidentate?

Re: Naming of Ligands

Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:28 pm
by Chem_Mod
The two nitrogens with lone pairs are able to form bonds with the central metal due to the shape of this structure, and since two bonds can be formed, it's a BIdentate.

Re: Naming of Ligands

Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:31 pm
by Bansi Amin 1D
A monodentate ligand means that the Lewis base can only donate one electron pair to the central metal atom, while bidentate means that two electron pairs are donated by the Lewis base, and tridentate means that three bonds are formed.