Chelating Ligands

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Alex Nguyen 3I
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Chelating Ligands

Postby Alex Nguyen 3I » Mon Nov 16, 2015 2:52 pm

Is carbonato a chelating ligand if it is bidentate? If so, can someone explain why? Carbonato can either be mono or bidentate. Is it not listed in the book as bidentate because it is more unstable/strained in this position?

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Re: Chelating Ligands

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:13 pm

Technically it can be either mono or bidentate because it has two oxygens that are able to bind to the metal center but I believe in most of the examples we've seen it is simply monodentate.

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