How can I identify and draw the geometric isomers for the isomers of #[Ni(CN)_2Cl_2]^(2-)#?

1 Answer
Aug 7, 2015


You can do this with ease. The square planar nickel complex can support cis or trans configurations.


Well, you can do this with ease if you know that this #Ni^(2+)# complex is square planar. You have 4 ligands to distribute around the sides of the square, the cyanide ligands can be cis (on the same side as each other) or trans. I couldn't find a good picture to illustrate the isomers; find a textbook on inorganic chemistry.