Polydentate Ligands/Problem 17.33

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Polydentate Ligands/Problem 17.33

Postby Alex Nguyen 3I » Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:40 pm

Does the number of atoms with lone pairs determine the maximum number of attachment sites on the ligand? I'm confused about carbonate. The solutions manual says it can either be mono or bidentate, but it has 3 oxygens with lone pairs. Does resonance affect this at all?

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Re: Polydentate Ligands/Problem 17.33

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun Nov 15, 2015 4:11 am

Not all three oxygens can bind the same metal, due to the trigonal planar geometry of carbonate.

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