Lots of undergraduate inorganic textbooks deal with complexes with $O_h$ or $T_d$ symmetry. So, if ligands are not same(like $\ce{[Ni(NH_3)_4(H_2O)_2]^{2+}}$), what methods are used to interpret their properties like electronic spectra?

  • $\begingroup$ What do you mean by methods to interpret? Do you mean predicting their electronic spectra just by looking at their configuration or do you mean experimental methods? $\endgroup$
    – Caprica
    Aug 15, 2016 at 7:13
  • $\begingroup$ Something like molecular orbital diagram or Tanabe-Sugano diagram... Is there any way to explain like 'transition from A state to B state corresponds to this peak in electronic spectra'? $\endgroup$
    – reiste
    Aug 15, 2016 at 8:29
  • $\begingroup$ Just use the lower symmetry of $D_\mathrm{4h}$? $\endgroup$
    – Jan
    Aug 16, 2016 at 15:37


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