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  • Why can the NH3 molecule serve as a ligand but the BH3 molecule cannot?
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A ligand is an atom or group of atoms which is linked to a central metal atom or ion in a complex compound. For this one of the atoms in a ligand should have a lone pair of electrons which can be donated to the metal in a complex. That atom which has a lone pair of electrons is called a ligating atom.

Step 2

In NH3 molecule, N atom has a lone pair of electrons which can be donated to ...

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