Example of octahedral cis-transBoth types of molecules show different arrangements of the molecule in space, so they should qualify for optical isomerism right?

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    $\begingroup$ Could you give an example of a tetrahedral transition metal complex with four different ligands that might have an optical isomer? $\endgroup$ – Karsten Theis Apr 16 '19 at 14:11
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    $\begingroup$ Actually they can and you didn't mix up anything. It may be hard to come up with an example that wouldn't involve organic ligands, but it's definitely possible that metal would be center of chirality. $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Apr 16 '19 at 22:18
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    $\begingroup$ Mithoron is right for tetrahedral metal complexes but the compounds you have shown are octahedral. But some octahedral metal complexes can also be chiral (the cis compound you drew has, if it is stable and the bi.dentate ligands don't swap around quickly, two mirror images) $\endgroup$ – matt_black Apr 20 '19 at 16:54

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