Metal Ion—Ligand Systems

  • William B. Guenther


Stepwise equilibria between Lewis acids, here metal ions, and Lewis bases, here ligands, are mathematically quite like the preceding protonic equilibria. Water is the most concentrated ligand in most solutions. The competition of other ligands for the metal ions is important in the understanding of solution species distributions which play a role in many areas of chemistry, biochemistry, and geochemistry.


Lewis Base Alkali Metal Halide Potassium Sulfate Appreciable Proportion Equilibrium Expression 
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Selected Reading

  1. Davies, C. W., Ion Association, Butterworths, London, 1962.Google Scholar
  2. Jones, Mark M., Elementary Coordination Chemistry, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1964.Google Scholar
  3. Basolo, F., and Pearson, R. G., Mechanisms of Inorganic Reactions, Wiley, New York, 1967, Chapters 1 and 2.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • William B. Guenther
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryThe University of the SouthSewaneeUSA

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