Question

What is meant by the chelate effect? Give an example.

Complete answer: When a ligand is bound to a metal ion through one single donor atom then it is called unidetate but when it uses two donor atoms it is said to be a bidentate ligand. $C{l^ - }$ , ${H_2}O$are unidentate ligands and ${C_2}O_4^ -$ , ${H_2}NC{H_2}C{H_2}N{H_2}$are bidentate ligands. Similarly ligands having more than two donor atoms are called polydentate ligands $N{\left( {C{H_2}C{H_2}N{H_2}} \right)_3}$is a polydentate ligand. When a di- or polydentate ligand uses its two or more donor atoms together to bind a single metal ion then it is said to be a chelate ligand. When a ligand uses its two or more donor atoms simultaneously a ring-like structure is formed. The formation of such ring-like structures is called a chelate effect. Compounds having chelate rings are more stable as compared to other compounds. An example of such a complex is ethylenediamine-cadmium. The structure of this complex is: