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determining if polydentate

Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:29 pm
by Rebecca Epner 4A
How do you determine if a ligand can be polydentate?
For example, question 9C.5 asks to determine if the following ligand is polydentate, and if so, give the maximum number of places on the ligand that can bind simultaneously to a single metal center.
HN(CH2CH2NH2)2

Re: determining if polydentate

Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:51 pm
by McKenna_4A
Polydentate refers to a ligand forming multiple bonds with the central atom. If a Ligand has multiple sites that can bond (Polar regions, lone pairs etc..) it is said to be polydentate

Re: determining if polydentate

Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:20 pm
by Ryan Chang 1C
Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe HN(CH2CH2NH2)2 is tridentate because the central atom would be nitrogen, which is attached to a hydrogen and 2 CH2CH2NH2 molecules.

Re: determining if polydentate

Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:17 pm
by Chantel_2I
This molecule has three Nitrogen atoms, each with a lone pair. Each long pair can form a bond with a cation, so it is tridentate.