Six-Coordinate Compounds [M(Bidentate)3]

  • David L. Kepert
Part of the Inorganic Chemistry Concepts book series (INORGANIC, volume 6)


Repulsion energy calculations show that the stereochemistry corresponding to the single minimum on any potential energy surface always contains a threefold axis. The stereochemistry is, therefore, completely defined by the normalized bite of the bidentate ligand b and the angle of twist θ between the upper and lower triangular faces (Fig. 8.1). The regular octahedron corresponds to θ = 30°, and b = 21/2. The trigonal prism is the eclipsed arrangement with θ = 0°.


Potential Energy Surface Chelate Ring Bidentate Ligand Trigonal Prism Triangular Face 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin, Heidelberg 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • David L. Kepert
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  1. 1.Dept. of Physical and Inorganic ChemistryThe University of Western AustraliaNedlandsAustralia

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