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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Why is it wrong to use the concept of hybridization for transition metal complexes?

I have asked a lot of questions on coordination chemistry here before and I have gone through a lot others here as well. Students, including me, attempt to answer those questions using the concept of ...
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Can metals have a net negative charge

Normal metals like sodium or Calcium have a positive charge as $\ce{Na}^+$ or $\ce{Ca}^{2+}$. Transition metals have a loot of variable oxidation states. Yesterday I read about Iridium in Wikipedia ...
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What type of bonding is there among d-block metals?

Metallic bond strength in $\mathrm{d}$-block elements increases up to the middle and then decreases. Why does pairing decrease the strength of metallic bond? What does pairing have to do with metallic ...
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How can t2g orbital account for extra stability in absence of ligands?

I have read in a book that t2g orbitals sometimes account for stability in 3d block transition elements. For example, Chromium in 2+ oxidation state shows reducing properties because Chromium in 3+ ...
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Regular decrease in the atomic radius of 3d series

While comparing atomic radius, two factors are important: A. Decrease in size due to increase in effective nuclear charge B. Increase in size due to increase in shielding effect I was surprised to ...
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Why does this ligand form 6-coordinate complexes with Transition elements and 8-coordinate complexes with Inner transition elements?

What change takes place in the denticity of this ligand if it is an inner-transition metal ion vs a common transition metal? Primarily, why does the ligand behaves differently with the two situations ...
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Liquid storage of transition metal oxides?

Transition metal oxides (TMOs) have a lot of interesting properties, from ferroelectricity to battery applications. Often times you can change the properties with only slight changes of oxygen ...
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Determination of spinel structure by CFSE

$\ce{CuFe2O4}$ has inverse spinel structure, but $\ce{ZnFe2O4}$ has normal spinel structure. Explain. I know that normal spinels have a structure like $\ce{(A^{II})^{tet}(B^{III})^{oct}_2O_4}$-like ...
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Manganese oxide reacts with tin(IV) hydroxide?

I have a problem on my chemistry summer homework in which it asks me to predict the product of “solid Manganese-Oxide when it reacts with tin(IV)-hydroxide in aqueous solution”. My issue is that there ...
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Why isn't the American nickel magnetic?

I never thought that modern American nickels actually contained nickel anymore. However, according to this wiki article, the coins actually do contain 25% nickel, the rest being copper. And yet, no US ...
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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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Can the 5+ and 4+ oxidation state of Vanadium ion exist independently?

From my class text book: The oxidation states of Vanadium ions 5+ and 4+ are shown in the compounds $\ce{VO2^{+}}$ and $\ce{VO^{2+}}$ respectively, whereas $\ce{V^{3+}}$ and $\ce{V^{2+}}$ are ...
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Are platinum metal whiskers very unusual?

Over 20 years ago I pulled my first set of platinum spark plugs out of a car because the engine was missing badly. Two of the six plugs each had one whisker in the gap between electrodes. One crossed ...
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Why is Cr²⁺ is a good reducing agent but Mn³⁺ is a good oxidising agent? [duplicate]

The question is the same as the title states. In my textbook,[NCERT Chemistry I for Class 12 , pg no 217.] the following is written $\ce{Cr^{2+}}$ gets converted to $\ce{Cr^{3+}}$ as the +3 oxidation ...
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What is the lattice structure of manganese?

A transition element is defined as the one which has incompletely filled d orbital in its ground state or in any one of its oxidation state. Zinc , cadmium and mercury are not typical transition ...
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What is CuCl · CO · 2 H₂O?

What is the chemical $\ce{CuCl.CO.2H2O},$ formed via the reaction of copper chloride and carbon monoxide? Does this compound have any use or appear in any noteworthy reaction?
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The number of transition elements

I searched in the internet but most of them said that there are 38 transition metals. But our text book says that group 12 or the group of zinc CAN'T BE COUNTED as transition metals. Which already ...
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Why is anhydrous copper(II) sulfate white while the pentahydrate is blue, even though both have one unpaired electron?

We all know that $\ce{CuSO4.5H2O}$ is blue and it turns to $\ce{CuSO4}$ on heating which is white. I also learnt about coordination complexes and d–d transitions and how transition metal compounds are ...
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What is the electron count in this nickel complex?

Our class has started learning about electron counting using the ionic method. I was having a little difficulty, especially when there are two metals in one complex, so I looked at Wikipedia for help. ...
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How to know dichromate is being reduced from Cr⁶⁺ to Cr³⁺?

When potassium dichromate is being used as an oxidising agent, it gets reduced from chromium(VI) to chromium(III). Is there any way to know that or calculate that other than being familiar with ...
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Octahedral Crystal Field Splitting Orbital Degeneracy

How are the $\mathrm{e_g}$ orbitals degenerate with each other? Note: This isn't a homework question. After the semester ended (I don't go to MIT), I ended up on MIT open course-ware to watch some ...
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How to determine the oxidation states of the metal atoms when both cation and anion are coordination complexes?

How to determine the oxidation states of the metal atoms when both cation and anion are coordination complexes? For example, how to determine the oxidation states of $\ce{Pt}$ in the following ...
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Why are chelating ligands often used to treat poisoning by heavy metals (e.g. mercury, lead)?

Why are chelating ligands such as EDTA often used to treat poisoning by heavy metals (e.g., mercury, lead)? I have a vibe that it has something to do with the lone pairs of electrons that are able to ...
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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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Octahedral Crystal Field Splitting Orbital Energy Levels [closed]

(image source) In the above diagram, where do the 3/5 and 2/5 come from? Also, how are the $\ce{e_g}$ orbitals degenerate with each other?
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Can aqua regia work with sources of chloride and nitrate other than hydrochloric acid and nitric acid?

According to Professor Poliakov and a question on Chemistry Stackexchange here, gold dissolves in aqua regia because the nitrate ion oxidizes the gold into $\ce{Au^3+}$, and the chloride bonds to the ...
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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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Similarities between Co and Ni [closed]

Elements $\ce{Co}$ and $\ce{Ni}$ share many similar/same properties and usually if one of them is an example of some group (e.g., ferromagnetism, same possible oxidation states, packing fraction and ...
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Nickel salts from hypochlorites

(JUST A HEADS UP I’m 15 years old and new to chemistry) So I was recently looking around the house looking for products that I can extract chemicals from and I found a bottle of cleaning Vinegar ( 5% ...
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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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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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Are inner transition metals also part of the transition group? [closed]

My book doesn't say anything about this and leaves it ambiguous. The periodic table they gave colored the inner transition metals as "transition metals". So, are inner transition metals also part of ...
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Order of filling electrons in Jahn-Teller energy diagram

When filling electrons in atomic or molecular orbitals we fill first the lower energy orbitals and then the higher, according to Pauli and Hund's rule. But this seem not to be the case when ...
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Why are palladium and platinum carbonyls unstable at room temperature?

By palladium and platinum carbonyls, I mean the mononuclear, homoleptic, charge-neutral, binary carbonyl complexes of the form $\ce{M(CO)_n}$ and not any heteroleptic complexes like $\ce{Pd(CO)(PPh3)3}...
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Why does tantalum and tungsten not form amalgam?

User @Poutnik has recently answered a question in which he/she quoted this statement from Wikipedia: Almost all metals can form amalgams with mercury, the notable exceptions being iron, platinum, ...
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what catalyst to use for the reaction between AgNO3 and NaCl? [closed]

What is the best catalyst to use for the reaction between AgNO3 and NaCl that would result in a change in activation of energy so therefore more precipitate formed. Please give me the ways I can ...
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Mixing cobalt(III) hydroxide and thallium(III) hydroxide

A simple question on solutions is driving me crazy. At this point, I think the textbook's wrong. Here's the question: A saturated solution of cobalt(III) hydroxide $(K_\mathrm{sp} = \pu{1.6e-44})$ ...
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How many valence electrons do elements in the d block have?

I just noticed that on the periodic table it doesn't say how many valence electrons there are for each column in the d block. How do I find out how many valence electrons elements in the d block have?...
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Effect of optical isomerism on colour of transition metal complexes

I know that different stereoisomers of a given transition metal complex (cis- and trans- forms) have different colours. But do different optical isomers (non-superimposable mirror images) have ...
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Does tris(ethylenediamine)iron(III) exhibit optical isomerism? [closed]

I'm studying 12th. In my book they mentioned that $\ce{[Co(en)3]^3+}$ exhibits optical isomerism. But in that same book, there is a question Which of this doesn't exhibit isomerism? and the ...
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Only valence shell electrons participate in bonding then how is Cr in H2CrO4 forming 6 covalent bonds although it has only 1 valence electron?

The structure of $\ce{H2CrO4}$ is as follows: Shell configuration of chromium is 2,8,13,1 i.e. it has only 1 valence electron and only valence electron participate in bonding but Chromium in the ...
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What happens to electrons in metal complexes after excitation by visible light?

My book writes: When white light shines through a solution of a complex ion of a transition metal, photons of a particular frequency are absorbed and their energy promotes an electron from lower ...
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Indicators of Cu(I) or Cu(II)

We performed an experiment in class where we placed a piece of copper wire in a solution of silver nitrate, we were tasked with predicted the mass of copper that should react and the mass of silver ...
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The second Ionisation energy of the Zn, Cd, and Hg follows the order?

It is observed that the order of second ionisation energy of these three elements is $\ce{Zn > Cd < Hg}$. Why is there an anomaly in the observation?
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What is d-orbital collapse?

When I was perusing the works of Schwarz on atomic structure, I came across the unfamiliar term of d-orbital collapse. He describes it as a variation in energetic sequence from group 1 to 3 elements ...
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Reorganization during ionisation for d block elements

This is a quote from my textbook: The irregular trend in the first ionisation enthalpy of 3d lmetals,can be accounted for by considering that the removal of one electron alters the relative ...
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Fractional index in a chemical formula of metal oxide

I have just read an article in which they used $\ce{WO3}$ and $\ce{WO_{2.9}}$ as precursors, whose objective was to form $\ce{WS2}$, in an atmosphere of argon by CVD. In one boat there is the powder ...
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Why Zn has highest ionisation enthalpy in 3d series?

Zn which has the highest ionisation enthalpy in 3d series.The reason given in my textbook is: The value of zinc is higher because it represent ionisation from 4s level. This is not correct because ...
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Why is Cadmium so carcinogenic compared to other heavy metals?

This free article as well as this article do a good job highlighting the carcinogenic effects of Cadmium and the mechanisms by which they occur. However, my question is why is Cadmium so carcinogenic ...
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How to precipitate Chloroplatinic acid? [closed]

For the precipitation reaction, I have to react $\ce{H2PtCl6}$ with $\ce{(NH4)2CO3}$ while maintaining the $\ce{pH}$ in the range of 7-8 at 60 °C. But the problem is Chloroplatinic acid is not ...

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