Square-Planar/Tetrahedral Complex

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Alex Nguyen 3I
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Square-Planar/Tetrahedral Complex

Postby Alex Nguyen 3I » Sat Nov 14, 2015 3:35 pm

Does anyone know why a complex with a coordination number of 4 would take on a square-planar shape over a tetrahedral shape or vice versa?

LinaLi2E
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Re: Square-Planar/Tetrahedral Complex

Postby LinaLi2E » Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:45 pm

A complex with a coordination number of 4 would most likely have a tetrahedral shape because the ligands would be as far apart from each other as possible. A complex with a coordination number of 4 could have a square-planar shape, but there are specific requirements for that. Usually for a complex with a coordination number of 4 to have a square-planar shape, it contains metal ions with a d8 electron configuration.


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