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Why is Co2+ pink?

  1. Dec 13, 2005 #1
    why is Co2+ pink?
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  5. Dec 13, 2005 #4
    sorry about that!!! you're right~
    i mean cobalt ion...
    thank you!!!
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    Adding to what HallsofIvy said, the colors of coordination compunds arises from the splitting of the d-orbitals as explained by the Crystal Field theory.
    If you want more information, you can look up any good inorganic chemistry book like Concise Inorganic chemistry by J.D Lee. I found that coordination compounds are explained well in it.

    EDIT: I assumed that you meant Cobalt 2+ complexes.
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    Oops, sorry about that - my fault. The 2+ should have caught my attention.

    IIRC, in general the Co2+ is pink, or faintly red. On the other hand, chemweb has CoCl2 as being blue.

    A lot may depend on the ligands surrounding Co, since it forms complex ions.





    The color depends on the lightwave wavelengths transmitted or reflected. Something red would generally absorb blue light (or light at the blue end of the visible spectrum) and reflect or transmit red light (or light at the red end).
  8. Dec 18, 2005 #7
    thank you very much!!! :)
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