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Coordination Numbers & Geometries

  1. Brian W. Clare,
  2. David L. Kepert

Published Online: 15 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia049

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

How to Cite

Clare, B. W. and Kepert, D. L. 2006. Coordination Numbers & Geometries. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

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  1. University of Western Australia, Nedlands, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2006


The principles governing the adoption of specific coordination geometries by transition metal complexes is discussed with emphasis on monodentate and bidentate ligands. Geometric parameters describing the structures are noted as well as polyhedral rearrangements of such structures.


  • principles;
  • five-coordination;
  • six-coordination;
  • polyhedral;
  • rearrangement