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Questions tagged [transition-metals]

For questions about the characteristic physical properties, chemical reactions, etc. of d-block elements, group 3-12, or their compounds. Do not use this tag if your questions is about general properties of metals, use [metal] instead. Also see [rare-earth-elements].

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A hydrated transition metal ion is colourless. Which of the following could be the electronic configuration of this ion?

Here are the options: A [Ar] 3d$^{5}$ 4s$^{2}$ B [Ar] 3d$^{8}$ C [Ar] 3d$^{10}$ 4s$^{2}$ D [Ar] 3d$^{10}$ I would have thought B, as it has an incomplete d-subshell, and it doesn't have any 4s ...
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How to determine the greatest d orbital splitting?

This question comes specifically from an IB Chemistry HL Paper 1 in May 2018 TZ1, namely question 8. Which complex has the greatest d orbital splitting? It gives 4 Complexes $\ce{[Fe(H_2O)_6]^{2+}}$,...
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Metal catalysts used in C-H bond functionalisation [closed]

Why are the late transition metals used for C-H bond activation/functionalisation? What atomic properties of the late TM make them attractive for coordinating C-H sigma bonds? Thanks.
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How to convert soluble colorless [HgI₄]²⁻ back to insoluble red HgI₂? [closed]

When a solution contains $\ce{Hg^2+}$ and $\ce{I-}$, depend on the concentration ratio of $\ce{Hg^2+}$ and $\ce{I-}$, the following reactions can happen: $$\ce{Hg^2+ + 2 I- ⟶ \underset{insoluble red ...
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ML6 Type Coordinate Complexes - Drawing a Molecular Energy Orbital Diagram

In class we recently discussed how to draw out molecular orbital energy diagrams for compounds such as NH3 (ammonia). Building upon this, we touched on how to construct a molecular energy diagram for ...
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Qualitative analysis of iron(III) salt

Why will $\ce{Fe^3+}$ give brown ring test? In my textbook it was given that ferric ion gives brown ring too. I am confused, if ferric ion is already present, then what will reduce nitrate ion to ...
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Why do the f-block elements ( inner transition metals) have an oxidation number of +3? [closed]

The f-block valence electrons understandably include the outermost two from 6s. But why do the f-block elements have an oxidation number of +3, pulling an electron from an inner shell, not even a d-...
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Aqueous copper and how it reacts with NH3

I have learnt that you can test whether an unknown metal is copper by doing a simple test tube reaction. The reaction involves adding aqueous $\ce{NH3}$ to the test tube which contains the copper. ...
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Is Fe(OH)2 soluble in alkalis?

I have just started inorganic chemistry in school and I have just learnt about metal aqua ions and how they react in water. I learnt that $\ce{[Fe(H2O)6]^2+}$ reacts in water by losing a $\ce{H+}$ ...
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How is traditional thermite powder stored such that it doesn’t corrode?

I watched some guy talk about redox reactions. Then he was going to do the good old thermite demonstration. He just had a bottle of thermite mixture. I’m wondering, why didn’t it have a chance to ...
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Why are the Covalent Radii of Ruthenium and Osmium So Similar?

Osmium and Ruthenium have covalent radii 144 and 146 respectively (according to Wikipedia). How are these values so similar when Osmium has 32 more electrons, with another filled p, s, and f orbital ...
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Copper Mirror Reaction

I would like to create a copper mirror on a plate of sandblasted glass. I know that a reaction exists: $$\ce{CuSO4 + N2H2 -> Cu + N2 + H2SO4}$$ I know that such a plate of copper is very weak. ...
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What are Technetium's physical stress characteristics?

I've looked at periodic and data tables from several sources, but none give mechanical / engineering property data on Technetium. Why is this?
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Can hexavalent chromium be created by exposure of chromium alloys to air at room temperature?

I believe that Cr on its own (as in chrome coating) oxidizes as Cr(III) when exposed to air, and similarly I think that it is the same for Cr as a component of stainless steel. Is it always the case ...
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Why does ligand substitution occur when OH- is a better ligand than NH3?

$$\ce{[Cr(H2O)3(OH)3](s) + 6NH3 -> [Cr(NH3)6]^3+ + 3H2O + 3OH-}$$ When excess $\ce{NH3}$ is added to triaquatrihydroxychromium(III), why does ligand substitution occur when $\ce{OH-}$ is a better ...
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How to balance this redox reaction taking place in a basic medium?

How to balance this reaction which is taking place in a basic medium? $$\ce{Al + MnO4- -> MnO2 + Al(OH)4-}$$ My Attempt Reduction half reaction: $$ \begin{align} \ce{4 H+ + MnO4- + 3 e- &-&...
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Density of d-block elements

Something that confuses me slightly is the trends in density when comparing periods 4, 5, and 6 in the d-block. Looking at periods 5 and 6, the density peaks at group 8, with ruthenium and osmium, ...
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Ionization enthalpies of Transition elements

“There is generally expected increasing trend in the values as the effective nuclear charge increases. However the value[First ionisation enthalpy] of Cr is lower because of the absence of regarding ...
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Dilute FeCl3 colour is darker at 5e-4M than at 5e-3M. Why?

I did two different dilutions of $\ce{FeCl3}$ (within a $\pu{1h}$ timespan) from $\pu{0.05 M}$, and the one with $\pu{5E-4 M}$ concentration looked a darker orange than the one with $\pu{5E-3 M}$. ...
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Oxidation state in transition metals

Why does scandium has +2 oxidation state unstable? It only has +3 oxidation state stable. Scandium has outermost electronic configuration as 3d¹4s². Why it does not lose two 4s e- only instead of all ...
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Stability of 3d metal fluorides and iodides in different oxidation states

I read that the fluorides of 3d metals in lower oxidation states, e.g. $\ce{VF2}$, $\ce{TiF2}$, and $\ce{CuF}$ are thermodynamically unstable. For example, $\ce{CuF}$ disproportionates to $\ce{Cu + ...
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Rhombohedral second-order Jahn–Teller effect in Au(II) complex?

I was recently listening to a talk about the following work[1] when the author mentioned that they explained the following. In this $\ce{Au(II)}$-porphyrin complex you observe two sets of $\ce{Au-N}$ ...
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Molecular orbital diagram for terminal metal-oxo complex with dative bonds

I am interested in terminal metal-oxo complexes and their electronic structure, specifically those with coordination numbers of 6, including the oxo ligand. I know that Fe(IV)-oxo complexes tend to ...
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precipitation reaction - cellulose in schweizer reagent reacts with acid

In the regeneration of dissolved cellulose (in a cuprammonium solution) in an acid bath, say sulphuric acid, what is the chemical reaction? There is a lot about the chemistry of the production of the ...
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Which karat gold is harder, 24 kt or 18 kt?

$\pu{24 kt}$ gold indicates that $24/24$ part of it, i.e. $100\%$ of it is gold. $\pu{18 kt}$ indicates that $18/24$ part of it is gold. As gold is a soft element, I reckoned that $\pu{18 kt}$ gold ...
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Considering the d-d transition how, does tetracyanidonickelate(II) ion exist as a colored complex?

As I refer on google, the resources indicated that, the d block elements which have unpaired electrons as in their ions, when they are making complexes with ligands, they can absorb different ...
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Transition metal or transition element?

With reference to the periodic table’s d-block, are the terms “transition metals” and “transition elements” interchangeable when describing these elements? Are there any situations where it would be ...
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Why do NON -Transition elements exhibit variable oxidation state?

I know transition elements exhibit variable oxidation states because valence electrons are in d block and s which are very close so they have similar energies ,thus with slightly different energies ...
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Compare stability of transition metal cations in aqueous solution

I have to compare the stability of the following transition metal cations: $\ce{Co^3+, Fe^3+, Cr^3+, Sc^3+}$ in aqueous solution. (Source: Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) 2013 Mains India) The first thing ...
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Does tetraoxidovanadium (VO4+) ion exist?

In my book (NCERT India), it is mentioned that: (page 224) ...$\ce{Mn2O7}$ gives $\ce{HMnO4}$ and $\ce{CrO3}$ gives $\ce{H2CrO4}$ and $\ce{H2Cr2O7}$. $\ce{V2O5}$ is, however, amphoteric though ...
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Colour of the transition metal complexes [closed]

I read in my Chemistry AP class that the colour of the transition metal complexes is due to the wavelength of the visible light that is left unabsorbed, when the d subshell is split due to the ...
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ligand pi system irreducible representation for trigonal bipyramidal transition metal complex

I am considering a D$_{3h}$ trigonal bipyramidal transition metal complex MX$_5$. I have found that the irreducible representation for the ligand s and $\sigma$ systems is 2A$_1'$+A$_2''$+E$'$. I ...
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What are the magnetic properties of [Ni(S2C2Ph2)2]^z's 3 oxidation states?

I was doing some research on Wikipedia and I came across the article on non-innocent ligands. It talked about the chemical $$[\ce{Ni(S_2C_2Ph_2)_2}]^z$$ as an example. It mentioned that the transition ...
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Color of potassium permanganate and potassium dichromate [duplicate]

In $\ce{KMnO4}$, the Oxidation state of $\ce{Mn}$ is +7, which results in an electronic configuration as $\ce{[Ar] 4s^0 3d^0}$ In $\ce{K2Cr2O7}$,the Oxidation state of $\ce{Cr}$ is +6, which results ...
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The irregular trend in ionization enthalpy of 3d elements

The d block elements display several exceptional behaviours, and one of them is the irregular trend in ionization enthalpy of 3d elements. The reason given by my textbook is very confusing, which I'...
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Can we classify all the d-block elements as transition metals?

I thought that properties of d-block elements are transitional between those of s-block and p-block elements, and that is the reason for calling them transition metal. My textbook says that not all d ...
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Is it absolutely necessary to use centrifuge to separate ethylene glycol from precipitate?

I've been trying to synthesize intermetallics of $\ce{XY}$ type using transition metal salts and main group element salts. For my system, EG, DEG, and TEG are good solvents. However, because of them ...
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Thermal oxidation of gold(I) sulfide

As far as I know the chemistry of $\ce{Ag}$ and $\ce{Au}$ are almost the same; because $\ce{Ag}$ belongs to the 4d series and $\ce{Au}$ belongs to the 5d series, we know the size of 4d and 5d are ...
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Why do transition metals make colored compounds despite the remaining d orbitals being hybridized? [closed]

I know that transition metals make colored compounds when they forms a bond with a ligand, as the ligand increases the energy level of $\ce{d_{x^2-y^2}}$ and $\ce{d_{z^2}}$ orbital by repelling these ...
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Does titanium(II) oxide conduct electricity? [duplicate]

In my book, it is given that $\ce{TiO(s)}$ is an electrical conductor. But I'd think that since $\ce{TiO(s)}$ is ionic and in solid state, it shouldn't conduct electricity. So, why does it conduct ...
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Why does cobalt have no negative charge?

I would like to know why cobalt cannot have a negative charge (or at least why a negative charge for cobalt isn't typical). I am not sure where I have gone wrong in my reasoning. The electronic ...
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Is it possible to dissolve gold in zinc?

I know you can dissolve gold in mercury, but i do not have access to any. Would it be possible to dissolve it in molten zinc instead mercury.
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How to rationalize the colour change of the thermochromic bis(diethyl-ammonium) tetrachloridocuprate(II) complex

The colour of the compound changes from deep green/green-blue to yellow upon raising the temperature. I'm trying to rationalise this by using the d-orbital splitting, but I've got myself in a logic ...
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Hydrolysis of transition metals' halides?

So, it's a relatively common known solubility rule that any hydroxide with a cation not in the first two groups is basically insoluble. So supposing we have a transition or post-transition metal $M$ ...
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How does the hexaaquacopper (II) form? [duplicate]

So the hexaaquacopper (II) ion has an octahedral structure with 6 aqua ligands datively bonded to the central Cu2+ cation: My question is: how is this possible if the electronic configuration of the ...
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Reversed trends in stability of transition metal ions with respect to oxidation state

Why is titanium more stable with a lower oxidation state, but vanadium more stable with a larger oxidation state? More specifically, why is $\ce{Ti^{+}}$ more stable than $\ce{Ti^{3+}}$, but $\ce{V^{...
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Why Mn atom show maximum valency of 4 with F atom?

Mn ($3d^5$, $4s^2$) can have maximum 7 unpaired electrons in excited state so it should have formed MnF7 molecule but it can form only MnF4 molecule. Is it because: $d_{xy}, d_{yz}, d_{zx}$ orbitals ...
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Why does it yield iron(II) chloride instead of iron when copper meets iron(III) chloride? [closed]

Complete the equation: $$\ce{Cu + FeCl3 -> ? + ?}$$ I wrote $\ce{CuCl2}$ and $\ce{Fe}$, but it turned out to be $\ce{Cu}$ and $\ce{FeCl2}$. I really wonder why.
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Why does Zinc not have magnetic properties despite it being a transition element?

I know Zinc has a full d-orbital which might contribute to the effect. But it is not ferromagnetic or paramagnetic like other transition element complexes. Why is that?
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Trend in the infrared stretching of molecular hydrogen to group 8 transitions metals?

While going through old notes, in relation to the Dewar-Chatt-Duncanson model, it states that the stretching frequency for $\ce{N2}$ to the group 8 transition metals ($\nu(\ce{NN})$) proceeds as: \...