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Why do metals in metal carbonyls have 0 OS?

  1. Jul 4, 2015 #1
    That's pretty much it. Why do they have 0 Oxidation state?
     
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  3. Jul 4, 2015 #2

    Borek

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    Why not?
     
  4. Jul 4, 2015 #3
    Oxidation number is like a hypothetical value for the charge of the individual species if a compound was considered ionic(atleast that's what i understood).
    So when we say the OS of metals in metal carbonyls is 0, are we saying that they can never donate any electrons? I am confused , i don't understand.
     
  5. Jul 4, 2015 #4

    Borek

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    Carbonyls aren't ionic.

    Why 'never'? They don't in carbonyls, they do in other compounds.
     
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