Ligands and lone pairs?

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Areena H 2K
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Ligands and lone pairs?

Postby Areena H 2K » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:11 pm

For each ligand to act as a lewis base, the more lone pairs it has to donate, the more sites it can bind to? So if an atom has 4 lone pairs, it would then be polydentate?

105289321
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Re: Ligands and lone pairs?

Postby 105289321 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:34 pm

I think that as long as it can bind in two different places using at least 2 LPs it is polydentate

sarahsalama2E
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Re: Ligands and lone pairs?

Postby sarahsalama2E » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:47 pm

how do you determine if a ligand is polydentate? i.e. if it is monodentate, bidentate, polydentate? Do you look at how many lone pairs it has (i.e. that function as bonding sites?). Also, when a ligand bonds to an atom, if it has multiple attachments (i.e. its polydentate), can it only bind on the same side?


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