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[CuCl4]2- compressed form?
« on: November 22, 2004, 01:01:55 PM »
hey everyone; im new to the board.. i thought i would give it a try; since im not having any luck anywhere else :( anyways,

im working on a problem that involves [CuCl4]2- asking why it has a flattened tetrahedral structure.  Copper (II) is a d9 electron configuration.  Does this have to involve Jahn Teller effect? I am confused about this because CuCl4 only has FOUR ligands where as JT involves octahedral complexes.

Can someone help me out to explain why it has a flattened tetrahedral structure?
Thanks so much.

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Re:[CuCl4]2- compressed form?
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2004, 04:57:09 AM »
jahn-teller effect applies to most nonlinear complexes, not only octahedral complexes. see the original statement of the theorem.

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