Water as Monodente

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Doreen Liu 4D
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Water as Monodente

Postby Doreen Liu 4D » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:20 pm

Why is water always a monodentate ligand if it has two lone pairs on the Oxygen atom?

kim 2I
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Re: Water as Monodente

Postby kim 2I » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:41 pm

Since both of the lone pairs belong to oxygen, the TM center could only bind to the one oxygen atom. Also, since the lone pairs are on the same atom and are close together, it would be hard for water to have two binding sites that are available.


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