NH3 replaces H20 ligands

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Junwei Sun 4I
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NH3 replaces H20 ligands

Postby Junwei Sun 4I » Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:42 pm

In class Dr. Lavelle talked about transition metal cations in solution form complex with H20, and when NH3 or K+CN- are added those species will replace the H20 ligands. Why does that happen and how? Thanks!

Daniel Martinez 1k
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Re: NH3 replaces H20 ligands

Postby Daniel Martinez 1k » Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:48 pm

Great question. I would also like to know why so I am commenting so I can locate this post easily.

Michael Du 1E
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Re: NH3 replaces H20 ligands

Postby Michael Du 1E » Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:21 pm

According to my notes, these species are electron rich, replacing the H20 ligands, which is an easy way to make coordination compounds. I'm not too positively sure if the main reason is that the species are electon rich. There may be other factors to it that he did not discuss in class.

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