Ligands

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Sofia Ban
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Ligands

Postby Sofia Ban » Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:19 pm

I have a general idea of what a ligand is, but what is its significance and how does it relate to the lewis acids/bases?

Olivia Young 1A
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Re: Ligands

Postby Olivia Young 1A » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:58 pm

Ligands are ions or molecules that bind to a central atom which makes up the coordination sphere. Ligands are the Lewis base in the interaction because they supply both electrons within the coordinate bond. They are significant because when the ligands are bound with the central atom, the transition metal in the compound has many oxidation states, meaning its good for electron transfer. Because of this, myoglobin is able to transport oxygen in muscle cells and hemoglobin can transport oxygen in blood, proving the biological importance of ligands.

Emilee Hosking 1D
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Re: Ligands

Postby Emilee Hosking 1D » Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:04 pm

How can you easily tell if a bond is between a central atom and a ligand? Will the central atoms always be a metal or are there exceptions?


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