Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:33 pm
can you tell if a compound is a chelate just by looking at it?
Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:36 pm
Not necessarily, you would have to look at the individual ligands and check if you have any bidentate, tridentate, or polydentate ligands. If you have ligands that are not monodentate and both the ligand binding sites are bonded with the transition metal central atom, then you have a chelate.
Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:51 pm
Clarice Chui 1C wrote:can you tell if a compound is a chelate just by looking at it?
you can tell if a compound is chelating by looking at the ligands attached to the transition metal cation. If the ligands have multiple bonding sites (ie. ethylenediamine has two bonding sites), it will form a ring and therefore the compound is a chelate