How can H2O bond with a metal?

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How can H2O bond with a metal?

Postby pauline_le_3I » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:07 pm

17.33: Which of the following ligands can be polydentate? If the ligand can be polydentate, give the maximum number of places on the ligand that can bind simultaneously to a single metal center: a)HN(CH2CH2NH2)2; b)CO32-; c)H2O; d)N(CH2CH2NH2)3

The answer to part C states that H2O can bind with a single metal center on the O, but how can that be if O already has a formal charge of zero? Why would it want to bond with another metal them?

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Re: How can H2O bond with a metal?

Postby Elisa Bass 4L » Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:38 pm

H20 is polar because O has a delta negative partial charge. This causes it to have attraction to delta positive atoms, such as the metal atom it binds to.

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