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1: Lab A- Octahedral Complexes and the Spectrochemical Series

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  • One of the most striking characteristics of transition-metal complexes is the wide range of colors they exhibit. Crystal field theory (CFT) is a bonding model that explains many important properties of transition-metal complexes, including their colors, magnetism, structures, stability, and reactivity. The central assumption of CFT is that metal–ligand interactions are purely electrostatic in nature.

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