Question #4fe0e

Dec 1, 2017

No, $N {H}_{3}$ does not show linkage isomerism.

Explanation:

Linkage isomerism occurs when a ligand in a coordination compound can connect to the metal in two or more different ways.

An example of this is $N {O}_{2}$ which can connect to the metal via the oxygen atom or the nitrogen atom:

Linkage isomerism usually occurs when there is more than one electronegative atom in a ligand. Since the metal centre is positively charged, both electronegative atoms can form electrostatic attraction with the metal centre.

Since $N {H}_{3}$ only has one electronegative atom (nitrogen), and the electropositive hydrogen is not attracted to the positive metal centre, it does not show linkage isomerism.