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Coordination & Organometallic Chemistry: Principles

  1. Robert H. Crabtree

Published Online: 15 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia050

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

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Crabtree, R. H. 2006. Coordination & Organometallic Chemistry: Principles. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

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  1. Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

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  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2006


The title topic is reviewed. Under coordination chemistry, special attention is given to Werner complexes, the trans effect, soft and hard ligands, crystal and ligand field (LF) models, together with oxidation state and coordination number. Under organometallic chemistry, the main topics include electroneutrality, back bonding, the 18-electron rule, and effects of complexation.


  • coordination complexes;
  • trans effect;
  • soft and hard ligands;
  • crystal field;
  • ligand field;
  • electroneutrality;
  • back bonding