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Introduction to Ligand Field Theory


Neese,  Frank
Research Department Neese, Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Neese, F. (2013). Introduction to Ligand Field Theory. In R. R. Crichton, & R. O. Louro (Eds.), Practical Approaches to Biological Inorganic Chemistry (pp. 23-51). Amsterdam: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-56351-4.00002-6.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-CE1C-3
Ligand field theory is a conerstone of modern coordination chemistry. Ligand field theory creates a simple, yet effctive and pictorial language in which a multitude of properties of coordination complexes can be succesfully accounted for. In this chapter an elementary and non-mathematical introduction to ligand field theory is provided which is aimed at a non-expert audience with mainly experimental background. The chapter stresses important fundamental concepts and proceeds to the stage where comparison between theory and experiment is possible.