I tried to calculate the ligand field stabilisation enthalpy of $\ce{[CoCl4]^2-}$ (as shown in the image) but found it to be positive. What could be the reason behind this? How is it stable with positive crystal field stabilization energy?

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You didnt put the right values. Higher orbitals have energy value of $+0.4 \Delta_t$ and the lower orbitals have the energy value of $-0.6\Delta_t$.

This complex has a coordination number of 4, so it can have tetrahedral or square planar geometry. Tetrahedral complexes are favored where attainment of regular complexes is important. For the tetrahedral complexes $\mathrm{d^0, d^2, d^5, d^7}$, and $\mathrm{d^{10}}$ the configurations are regular.

In tetrahedral complexes, mostly $\Delta t < P\ (\Delta_t \approx 4/9 \Delta_o)$ and hence they generally form high spin complexes.

Tetrahedral field split

The splitting will be into $3\ \mathrm{t_2}$ (not $\mathrm{t_{2g}}$) higher energy orbitals and $2\ \mathrm e$ (not $\mathrm{e_g}$) lower energy orbitals. The effect of the ligand wont matter here because the value of $\Delta_t$ is small. So the filling will be same for strong field and weak field.

$$\begin{align}\text{CFSE} &= +0.4(3) -0.6(4)\\ &= -1.2\end{align}$$

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the answer... It was really a silly mistake.. $\endgroup$ – Abhi Feb 12 '17 at 13:56
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    $\begingroup$ ‘Tetrahedral complexes are favored where attainment of regular complexes is important.’ — This is incorrect. Tetrahedral complexes are formed if the overall complex is better stabilised in a tetrahedral manner than in a square-planar, octahedral (having added ligands), linear (having removed ligands) or any other manner $\endgroup$ – Jan Feb 12 '17 at 19:43

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