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Questions tagged [coordination-compounds]

This tag is for questions concerning coordination compounds including but not limited to ligand properties, metal properties, orbital splitting, micro- and macroscopic properties of entire complexes etc. For complexes where carbon monoxide is the only ligand, use [tag:carbonyl-complexes] instead. For organic catalysts or proteins, the tag is applicable if the question is about the metal’s direct coordination sphere.

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Is there a systematic method to finding structural and optical isomers?

In coordination compounds, whenever we are given the task to find structural or optical isomers, it can become really difficult and most of the times, I either miss a few or count same as twice. Is ...
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What's an appropriate ligand for Pd-Ag redox?

I want to reduce palladium with silver (in cellulose): $\ce{Pd^{2+} + 2Ag->2Ag+ +Pd}$. What is a good ligand and spectator ion for both metals? (The pH is not critical.) Ones I have considered: $\...
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Why is CFSE measured from bary centre

As far as my understanding of CFSE goes, it is the extra energy that may be released or is required for a coordination bond to be formed but is taken from the barry centre which is the energy level ...
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Coordination chemistry [on hold]

What isbHybridization of Mn(h20)3+ and CFSE diagram because for Co3+ and same complex it is d2sp3 but for Mn one d orbital is already empty so how will ligand donate here .
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Book/article recommendation for isomerism in coordination compounds

This topic is really weak for me. I am aware of the basics but I face difficulties in questions regarding number of sterioisomers for a given compound. I usually mess up the optical isomerism part(...
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Will disodium EDTA effectively destroy Tollens' reagent?

As I understand it, if I mix $\ce{[Ag(NH3)2]NO3}$ and $\ce{Na2EDTA}$ the silver will complex much more strongly with the EDTA than the ammonia, and the hydrogen ions will protonate the ammonia, ...
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Sulfate and carbonate ions as ligands

The pentahydrate salt of copper (II) sulfate exists as a blue solid while the anhydrous and monohydrate salts appear as white solids. The structures of these salts are discussed here. The blue colour ...
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Reaction between Sodium Thiosulfate and Iron Chloride

I'm doing a paper on catalytic effectiveness in this reaction, and am trying to identify how the catalysts are speeding up the reaction. Based on what I can find, $\ce{Fe}$ starts as $\ce{Fe^3+}$, ...
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About Fe(III) and Fe(II) coordination complexes

Why does Fe(III) form octahedral coordination complexes if it has 5 electrons in its d-orbitals? I understand that Fe(II) has 6 electrons in its d-orbitals and 6 lone pairs from 6 ligands as the 12 ...
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Explanation for why nickel turns green in hydrochloric acid

My daughter has a chemistry test that I am helping her prepare for. One question is Nickel sulfate, $\ce{NiSO4(aq)}$ is a green solution. Nickel chloride, $\ce{NiCl2(aq)},$ is a yellow solution. If ...
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Ionic lattice structure of copper (II) sulfate pentahydrate

I would like to ask about the structure of the $\ce {CuSO4*5H2O}$ solid. Recently, I have learnt that the colour of $\ce {CuSO4 * H2O}$, an intermediate in the thermal decomposition of the ...
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Formation of green precipitation whilst adding potassium fluoride to aqueous solution of copper(II) sulfate [closed]

Aqueous copper sulfate solution (blue) gives a green precipitation with aqueous potassium fluoride. Explain these experimental results. I've read answers like, $\ce{H2O}$ is a weak ligand and ...
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System charge number for Mg-based molecules

I know Mg (magnesium) has two valence electrons, and it is Mg2+ cation. It can have 2 ionic bonds, so I can understand about MgO and Mg(OH)2, and overall charge number of those molecules are 0. ...
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Magnetic nature of tetraamminedichlorocobalt(III) chloride

I know how to predict magnetic nature when the compound contains only strong field or only weak field ligands. But in $\ce{[Co(NH3)4Cl2]Cl},$ $\ce{NH3}$ is a strong ligand whereas $\ce{Cl-}$ is a weak ...
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Changes in conductivity of CuSO4 solution after NH3 solution is added

In my high school chemistry class we are writing a lab. Originally, I wanted to measure the rate of a ligand exchange reaction at different temperatures by measuring changes in conductivity. After ...
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Is it important to use arrows as bonds in writing coordination compounds? [closed]

Why are the coordination compounds representated by arrows? Is it necessary to write every coordination compounds with the arrow side of the bond facing the metal ion and the other part the ligand?
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Why there are more examples of carbonylate anions than metal carbonyl cations?

I know that metal carbonyl complexes that do not follow EAN rule or 18 electron rule try to achieve that by gaining electron (forming carbonylate) or loosing electron (forming carbonyl cations). But ...
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Software that determines whether a molecule can exist and draw it from a formula?

I have run calculations that predict atomic configurations. As a simple example, in a system that contains H and O, I might get a list like: ...
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What is the binding mode of the ligand in complexes with quadruple metal-metal bonds?

I'm wondering which atomic orbital is left in a complex with quadruple metal-metal bond to bind the steric ligand, since all d orbitals except the x2-y2 are used for the metal-metal bonds? or is it ...
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Ce₂(SO₄)₃ solubility in water [duplicate]

I have mostly come across examples of solids whose solubility increases in liquids with an increase in temperature. However, there seem to be exceptions to generalized rule this such as the solubility ...
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Effect of Synergic Bonding on Bond Lengths in Metal Carbonyls

Consider the metal carbonyl, pentacarbonyl iron(0). There exists synergic bonding between the central metal atom, iron and the neutral carbonyl ligands. This strengthens the metal-ligand bond but ...
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Structure and oxidation state of bridging complexes

I am confused about the structure of bridging complexes with the bridging ligands as $\ce{OH-}$ or $\ce{NH2-}.$ Aren't they both monodentate ligands? And if they form a simple coordinate bond, then ...
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Does a complex that has no overall charge still have color?

The iron complex $\ce{[Fe(H2O)6]^2+}$ is colored but I'm wondering, if a pair of chloride ion is inserted on its secondary valency to form [FeCl2(H2O)6], does the complex loose its color or not?
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Why does only the cis-isomer of potassium dioxalatodiaquochromate(III) form?

A friend of mine performed a standard synthesis reaction of potassium dioxalatodiaquochromate(III) by adding potassium dichromate to ethandioic acid dihydrate and a little water. The synthesis ...
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Why is it important to know the spin of bioinorganic complexes?

During a bioinorganic chemistry course, my teacher gives a lot of importance to spin states of metal ions and how they changes (or not) after the formation of a complex. For example, when hemoglobin'...
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How is Mn+7 in the Permanganate ion considered as momentarily reduced to +6 in LMCT? [duplicate]

I saw this passage on a book and it says that Ligand to Metal Charge Transfer (LMCT) overpowers d-d transitions thus the permanganate ion has an intense purple color. However, it was mentioned that ...
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Why does the hexachlorocopper(II) ion not form?

I am not entirely sure if this question has been answered before, but I was wondering why when copper forms a complex ion with chlorine there are only 4 chlorine ligands. I asked my teacher and he ...
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Determining geometry of coordination compund without experimental data [closed]

How can I determine if a coordination compound has a tetrahedral or square planar geometry without any experimental data (such as magnetic spin) by just looking at its formula? For example, what is ...
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Electronic configuration in [Ni(CN)4]2-

$\ce{[Ni(CN)4]^2-}$ is a low spin , inner orbital complex having $\mathrm{dsp^2}$ hybridisation. According to Crystal Field Theory, $\ce{CN^-}$ is a strong field ligand that causes pairing of ...
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Why is Polonium the only metal to crystallize forming Simple Cubic Cell?

I have read that Polonium is the only metal that crystallizes forming SCC. I searched for a concrete explanation but all they were saying is the stability of Polonium at STP. I can't really comprehend ...
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When H2NCH2CH2PH2 acts a monodentate ligand, it is the phosphine end that chelates. Why is that?

In some occasions, if the ligand acts on Pd it do so as a monodentate ligand. I am attempting to explain this phenomenon but came into a block.
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Does dichlorobis(triphenylphosphine)nickel(II) have a d⁰ electron count?

I am currently in dilemma because I'm trying to construct an octahedral splitting diagram for the $\ce{NiCl2(PPh3)2}$ complex. If the complex is $\mathrm{d^0}$ system, how would I determine whether ...
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What kind of isomerism does Ni(PPh3)2Cl2 have and what is their IUPAC name? [duplicate]

I know that there are 2 isomers that $\ce{Ni(PPh3)2Cl2}$ have and they exist in equilibrium. I am tempted to name them cis- and trans- but it does not sound right.
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What makes a compound basic? [closed]

Aluminum chlorohydrate is often referred to as basic aluminum chloride. The pH value of ACH is about 4. How is basicity in this context defined?
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Colour of metal complexes with the same type and number of ligands

Crystal Field Theory says that because of d-orbital splitting caused by different ligands we have 2 different energy levels for d-orbitals. It also says that transition metals are coloured because ...
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Products of the reaction between chromium(III) chloride, zinc and sulfuric acid

The aim of my experiment was to make a Cr(II) aquacomplex in situ, and for that I have the reaction: $$\ce{CrCl3·6H2O + Zn}$$ and I add concentrated sulfuric acid to it. I know that chromium(III) ...
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Horizontal symmetry plane of cis-dichloroosmiumtetracarbonyl

Consider the molecule $\ce{Os(CO)4Cl2}$ with a drawing given below via Chemtube3d: I thought in this molecule, if I drew a horizontal plane, then a $σ_\mathrm{h}$ would be present i.e. A ‘horizontal’ ...
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Reaction of coloured metal complexes with water and sulfuric acid [closed]

Reaction of coloured metal complexes with water and sulfuric acid I recently started researching the coloured compounds made from transition metals focusing on one with oxidation state II, so Mn,Fe,...
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Naming this iron complex: Fe2Cl6[H2O]5

This is the iron complex in question: $\ce{Fe2Cl6[H2O]5}$ I'm pretty sure according to the nomenclature it should be: pentaaquahexachloroiron(III) but I wanted to check somewhere to be sure.
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Why is there no effective alternative to metal salts in antiperspirants?

Metal salts, especially aluminum compounds are used in antiperspirants to prevent sweating. I found out aluminum chloride hexahydrate, which is found in most antiperspirants, undergoes an acid-base ...
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What happens if an orbital has no entry in a point group table?

A while ago I cited a few passages from a book on $f$-orbital contributions in metal complexes. And although usually the $4f$-orbitals are too isolated to really do chemistry and the elctron density ...
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Why is Ni[(PPh₃)₂Cl₂] tetrahedral?

Since PPh₃ is strong field ligand and, the famous Wilkinson's catalyst, which also possess this ligand is square planar, then what makes the above complex tetrahedral?
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How can I change the synthetic conditions for powder product into single crystal growth?

I am working on growing metal-organic frameworks crystals based on hexatopic linker for different metals. Upon using some synthetic conditions it gave fast precipitation into powder material after ...
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Electron-donating trends for ligands bound to metal complexes

Imagine an inorganic complex with a bunch of terminal ligands. All else the same, would $\ce{F-}$ or $\ce{Br-}$ ligands be more electron-donating and why? Of course, in terms of $\mathrm{p}K_{\mathrm{...
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Why are low spin tetrahedral complexes so rare?

As I was going through Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J. D. Lee, I realised that there are simply no low spin tetrahedral complexes mentioned in the book. Is there any specific condition required for ...
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What is the range of values of n in [Cu(NH3)4(H2O)n]SO4?

My textbook represents the copper ion as "tetraaminecopper(II) sulfate-1-water", so I assumed that this complex ion has only 1 water of crystallization. Then, in the Wikipedia article, they represent ...
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How to find oxidation state of Co and Cr in [Co(NH₃)₄(NO₂)₂][Cr(NH₃)₃(NO₂)₃]?

Which of the following options represents the oxidation state of $\ce{Co}$ and $\ce{Cr}$ in the given complex? $$\ce{[Co(NH3)4(NO2)2][Cr(NH3)3(NO2)3]}$$ (A) $2, 3$ (B) $3, 2$ (C) $3, 3$ ...
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Magnetic moment from given CFSE value

Spin magnetic moment of a octahedral complex having CFSE = $– 0.8∆$ and surrounded by weak field ligands can be: A. $\sqrt{15} \space \mu_B$ B. $\sqrt{8} \space \mu_B$ C. (A) & (B) ...
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Coordination number of complex resulting from sodium nitroprusside test

In my textbook the following reaction is given to identify sulfide ion: $$\ce{Na2[Fe(CN)5(NO)] + Na2S -> \underset{\text{violet solution}}{Na4[Fe(CN)5NOS]}}$$ Here's what I want to know: Is $\...
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Why do tetrahedral organic molecules show stereo-isomerism, but not tetrahedral transition metal complexes?

Both types of molecules show different arrangements of the molecule in space, so they should qualify for optical isomerism right?