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Complexes question!

  1. Jan 21, 2012 #1
    Okay, simple and probably stupid question: why is permanganate not a coordination compound?after all it's a metal and oxygens which can act as ligands right?

    thank you!!
  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 21, 2012 #2
    What makes you think it isn't?
  4. Jan 21, 2012 #3
    It's not simple nor stupid at all. Coordination compounds are defined rather through their fomation than their actual bonding properties. Usually coordinate covalent bonding is understood as a transfer of lone electron pair of a donor ligand (can be ion or neutral molecule) to a bond with central (acceptor) atom. Permanganate is not considered a coordination compound, since no chemist would think of it as a product of Mn7+ cation and 4 O2- anions.
  5. Jan 21, 2012 #4
    ooooh okay, I see. So what would it be then?
  6. Jan 21, 2012 #5
    Just ordinary inorganic anion, no need for a special name.
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