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Polydentate bonding

Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:39 pm
by Angela Navas 4G
I'm slightly confused on how we know which element in a compound contributes to a mono-bi-polydentate ligand. And when we do find that how we should know if it is mono/bidentate. I.e. [CO3]2-

Re: Polydentate bonding

Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 12:53 pm
by HimaniMadnawat3L
When determining how many binding sites a ligand has, the best way to go is drawing the lewis structure out and seeing how many lone pairs would be donated to the metal. For example, ethylenediamine has two lone pairs on each of the nitrogen atoms in the compound, so it would be a bidentate ligand. For carbonate, the lewis structure is attached below. When looking at the structure, there are two oxygens that are bonded to the carbon with single bonds and one oxygen bonded with a double bond. It is most likely that the metal will attach to one or both of the lone pairs on the oxygens that are bonded with single bonds. Also, since the geometry is trigonal planar, you can see how two binding sites is the maximum because of the inability for rotation. Drawing out the complex ion and making lines from the metal to the carbonate ligand helps visualize this.