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Claire Stoecklein 1E wrote:Can a ligand be polydentate if it has two lone pairs on the same atom? Such as an oxygen atom?
Even if the ligand has two lone pairs, I don't think the ligand can be polydentate. One such example is 9C.5 (c). Water, for example, has 2 lone pairs - however, due to its geometry, only one of the lone pairs could actually form a bond with a ligand. Thus, it would be monodentate despite having two lone pairs.
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