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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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Transition metal order of filling electron

There is a specific order for filling electron for transition metals, but I don't know if it applies to other elements too? Some thing to take note of in this picture is the order of 3d and 4s. My ...
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Valence Shell for Transition Metals

In transition metals, is the shell with the highest energy considered the valence shell? For example, in copper the electronic configuration is ${[Ar]\text{ } 3d^{10}\text{ } 4s^{1}}$. However, in ...
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Why is Technetium unstable?

Technetium is probably the most awkward element of the periodic table for me. It seems to me that Technetium is an exception, in the sense that it doesn't have any stable isotopes, despite having a ...
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How is square planar geometry possible in metal complexes?

I came across this statement and I don't understand what it meant by it: "Square planar geometry is favoured by ligands that can form pi bonds by accepting electrons from metal atoms or ions." How ...
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What is the Structure of FeSO₄ • NO?

What is the structure of $\ce{FeSO4 \cdot NO}$ that is formed when $\ce{NO}$ is passed through ferrous sulfate solution? If it is a brown ring complex then why does the complex sphere break upon ...
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Stability of transition metals in aqueous solution

Which is more stable in aqueous solution: $\ce{Cr^3+}$ or $\ce{Mn^3+}$? Why? My approach: $\ce{Cr^{3+}}$ should be more stable as the $\ce{3d}$ electrons will enter the $\mathrm{t_{2g}}$ orbitals. ...
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Heating CrCl3(bpy)3 — isomerism and ligand exchange

$\ce{CrCl3(bpy)3}$ (A) when heated forms (B) which has the formula $\ce{CrCl3(bpy)2}$ and has one free $\ce{Cl-}$ per mole of (B). B can react with ethylene diamine ($\ce{en}$) to form (C) which has ...
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Spectrochemical Series - Sigma Donor Capability

I fully understand and recognise the manner and which the series works. I cannot find any references for the change in sigma donor capability moving up the series. For example, comparing $\ce{Cl-}$ ...
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Crystal Field Theory diagram

I need to draw a simple crystal field splitting diagram and identify the lowest-energy spin-allowed ligand field band in the electronic absorption spectrum for [MnCl6]2-. I know the basics of the ...
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Different coloured chromium salts

Evaporating cold aqueous chromium(III) chloride produces violet crystals. However when hot aqueous chromium(III) chloride crystallizes, green crystals result. Could someone please explain the ...
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What reaction takes place when potassium iodide is added to a tetraammine copper(II) complex?

I am given a blue solid W and it contains a tetraamine copper(II) complex and a $\ce{SO_4^{2-}}$. I added dilute sulfuric acid until the solution is pale blue; then added potassium iodide solution. A ...
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What is the origin of the colour of azo dyes?

Is it the same reason as to why transition metal complexes have colour?
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Why Gold and Silver react minimally with atmosphere?

Gold and Silver atoms interact with one another to form reasonably strong metallic bonds, but surprisingly they have almost no chemical interaction with atmosphere. How can we explain it based on the ...
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Why does $\text{Cr}^{3+}$ not have the same electron configuration as $\text{Sc}$?

To be explicit, $\text{Cr}^{3+}$ and $\text{Sc}$ have the same number of electrons, the only difference is the nuclear charge. This is not an isolated anomaly, it seems: the book I'm using claim ...
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Extraction of nickel from its ores [closed]

How is nickel mined and extracted from its ores? What are the appropriate word and chemical equations for this process?
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Problems with precipitation of transition metal solution

I am trying to make a solution of "trace elements"--primarily transition metals-- for use in biological media; bacteria require elements like Cobalt, Molybdenum, iron, etc. in trace amounts. I am not ...
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Is pyrite (FeS₂) an ionic or a covalent compound?

I have searched all over the web and found a lot of diverse explanations, but none of them are concluding exactly whether $\ce{FeS2}$ (solid - pyrite) is a covalent or an ionic compound. From ...
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Can we goldify metals?

I've read in some book that one of the old chemists was able to transform cheap metals into gold. I know that gold is an element (Au) so we can't transform a metal into Au. But as I read further it ...
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Variable oxidation state of transition metal ions

Transition metals can form stable ions with different oxidation states. But I am confused why doesn't only the most stable state exist. Let me clarify my question more: $$\ce{Ti^{2+} -> Ti^{3+} + ...
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Ligand exchange reactions… are they one way or reversible?

Are ligand exchange reactions one-way reactions or reversible? I know this is a very silly question but its not said outright in any place... For example, in my high school chemistry book, these two ...
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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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Splitting of $d$ orbitals when ligands approach central metal ion

In my high school chemistry book, it is written that when ligands approach the central metal ion (transition metal ion) to form dative bonds, the $3d$ orbitals split into two: two which are in higher ...
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Why can we smell copper?

If I can smell an object, it means that molecules of it are getting separated from it, so they can reach my nose. As far as I know, metals don't sublimate, especially not in room temperature. However, ...
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Do the compounds NaₓIrO₂ and NaOsO₂ exist?

Based on some physics background, I want to know whether have scientists synthesized these two materials: $\ce{Na_{$x$}IrO2}$ and $\ce{NaOsO2}$ in the lab, if so, what properties do they have? I ...
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Hybridisation of Mn in potassium permanganate

I'm clear with the concepts of crystal field theory. But I can't figure out the exact reason why the hybridisation of manganese in potassium permanganate ($\ce{KMnO4}$) is $\mathrm{d^3s}$. Can anyone ...
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Why is zinc deposited on copper when boiling an aqueous zinc sulfate solution?

I did an experiment where I dissolved 30 grams of zinc sulfate in water and boiled it with strips of solid zinc metal and strips of copper metal and a layer of zinc was deposited on the copper. I ...
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Bond Lengths in FCC, BCC and HCP Structures

I was wondering what the crystal structures of FCC, BCC and HCP actually look like, and where atoms are placed in their configuration? Specifically I'm looking at elemental nickel, iron and cobalt ...
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Calculating percentages of microstructures in equilibrium phase diagrams (engineering)

So I have an equilibrium phase diagram of steel and I am asked to 'Calculate the proportion of pearlite in the microstructure of 0.4 wt% C steel just below the eutectoid temperature (727 °C).' I have ...
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What is the number of unpaired electrons in cobalt(II) tetrathiocyanate?

Find the number of unpaired electrons present in the d orbital (whose lobes are present along the axis) for the complex $\ce{[Co(SCN)4]^{2-}}$. Since $\ce{{SCN}^{-}}$ is a weak ligand I did not pair ...
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Chelation and its relation to transition metal ligands

Can someone explain chelation and its relation to monodentate and tridentate ligands? I dont understand what they mean by chelate effect and chelating rings.
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How can silver work as a disinfectant in a bathtub if precipitates in the presence of chloride?

I use a silver based disinfectant in my hot tub. It is in the form of silver nitrate beads. There is chlorine in the tub that I presume becomes chloride ion. Why doesn't the silver form a precipitate ...
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How do I determine the crystal field splitting for an arbitrary point group?

How can I figure out the degeneracy of the d orbitals for a site that has a given point group? Specifically I'm interested in $D_{3d}$ and $D_{3h}$, but it would be good to know how to do it in the ...
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Why is tantalum so unreactive?

What is the fundamental argument behind explaining why Ta metal is so inert and does not usually participate in corrosion? I know that it forms a protective oxide, but nothing explains why in an ...
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Transition Metals' Charges

I came across a compound $\ce{[FeO4]^{2-}}$ but $\ce{Fe}$ has +6 charge according to my calculations. How this is possible ? Or it is possible but my periodic table is kind of non-detailed one. (On ...
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Strongest chloride complex as predicted by HSAB theory

Why won't $\ce{Ni^2+}$ form a complex with $\ce{Cl-}$, while the ions $\ce{Cu^2+}$ and $\ce{Co^2+}$ form the complexes $\ce{[CuCl4]^2-}$ and $\ce{[CoCl4]^2-}$? According to the HSAB theory, $\ce{Cl-...
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Melting and boiling points of transition elements

The melting and boiling points of transition elements increases from scandium ($1530~\mathrm{^\circ C}$) to vanadium ($1917~\mathrm{^\circ C}$). They increase because as we go across the group, we ...
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Bonding in a bridged metal carbonyl

Can someone please explain the bonding in a bridged metal carbonyl (like diiron nonacarbonyl)? I cannot understand what kind of bonds (sigma/pi) exist between the bridging carbonyls and the metals. ...
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Why do transition elements make colored compounds?

Why do transition metals element make colored compounds both in solid form and in solution? Is it related to their electrons?
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Why is lead sulfide found in nature, whereas lead oxide is less common?

This question probably applies to other heavier metals as well. The only rationalization I can figure is that lead in the +2 oxidation state (which is most common) is a borderline soft acid and ...
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Why are some salt solutions coloured?

I notice that salt solutions of $\ce{NaCl}$ and $\ce{KCl}$ are colourless while those of $\ce{CuSO4}$ and $\ce{FeSO4}$ are coloured. I got as far as figuring that it has to do with the transition ...
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How can one explain niobium’s weird electronic configuration?

As cited in an answer to this question, the ground state electronic configuration of niobium is: $\ce{Nb: [Kr] 5s^1 4d^4}$ Why is that so? What factors stabilize this configuration, compared to ...
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Is the half-full rule and full rule followed in the 6th and 7th periods?

Is the half-full rule and full rule followed in the 6th and 7th periods? (Note: Half-full rules is Hund's rule) Example: What is the correct electron configuration? $$\ce{W = [Xe] 6s^2 4f^{14} 5d^4}$$...
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What does the reaction of chromium with ozone form?

I know almost nothing beyond 10th grade chemistry. I'm trying to name a web application, and was wondering what the products are of a reaction between the element Chromium and the gas Ozone (...
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Brittle d-block metal trend

I remember seeing a periodic table that had the top-left corner of the d-block shaded and marked as "brittle". If I recall correctly, the elements were $\ce{Sc,Ti,V,Cr,Mn,Y,Zr,Nb,La}$. I think (sorry, ...
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Why do elements in columns 6 and 11 assume 'abnormal' electron configurations?

When I look around for why copper and chromium only have one electron in their outermost s orbital and 5/10 in their outermost d orbital, I'm bombarded with the fact that they are more stable with a ...
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Why is the vanadium(3+) ion paramagnetic?

I know that the electron configuration of vanadium is $[\ce{Ar}]\mathrm{4s^2 3d^3}$. None of the electrons in the 3d subshell are paired. Once it loses these three electrons, shouldn't the remainder ...