Is there hybridization in the (C2)2+ ion?

In summary, the (C2)2+ ion is stable due to its bond order of 1. The Lewis structure shows only 1 electron group around the central atom, making it difficult to determine the arrangement and hybridization. It may be better explained using molecular orbital theory by removing two electrons from the MOT configuration of C2.
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Hi,
According to the molecular orbital diagram of the (C2)2+ ion you its a stable ion, because it has a bond order of 1 & that means its a stable substance.

Now if you draw the lewis structure you could obtain the geometric arrangement of the electron pairs ( groups) around the central atom. In this case its the following lewis structure:
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Now here you can find only 1 electron group around the central atom:
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Now it if were 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 you could determine the arrangement of the electron pairs (groups) around the central atom. From this arrangement we could determine the hybridization of the central atom.

But the problem is that there is only 1 electron group, so what is the geometrical arrangement of the electron pairs(groups) around the central atom?
I would like to know if there is hybridization in the (C2)2+ ion, but I can't figure out because of this problem. Could someone please help me?

Thanks in advance!
 
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I think that C22+ is more appropriately explained by MOT. Try writing the MOT config of C2 and then remove two electrons to get the answer.
 

Related to Is there hybridization in the (C2)2+ ion?

1. What is the hybridization of the (C2)2+ ion?

The (C2)2+ ion has a hybridization of sp2, with three regions of electron density. This is because the carbon atoms in the ion form two sigma bonds and one pi bond, resulting in a trigonal planar geometry.

2. How is the (C2)2+ ion hybridized?

The (C2)2+ ion is hybridized through the combination of atomic orbitals of the carbon atoms. In this case, one s orbital and two p orbitals hybridize to form three sp2 hybrid orbitals.

3. What is the significance of the (C2)2+ ion's hybridization?

The hybridization of the (C2)2+ ion affects its molecular shape and bond angles, which in turn influence its chemical properties. Hybridization also allows for the formation of strong and stable bonds between atoms.

4. Can the hybridization of the (C2)2+ ion be predicted?

Yes, the hybridization of the (C2)2+ ion can be predicted using the VSEPR (valence shell electron pair repulsion) theory, which states that electron pairs in a molecule will arrange themselves to minimize repulsion and achieve the most stable molecular shape.

5. How does the hybridization of the (C2)2+ ion affect its reactivity?

The sp2 hybridization of the (C2)2+ ion allows for the formation of strong covalent bonds, making it less reactive compared to other ions with different hybridizations. The trigonal planar geometry also allows for efficient overlap of orbitals, resulting in a more stable molecule.

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