This exercise involves two examples of geometric isomers. The first example is the square planar Pt(NH3)2Cl2 complex. One of the geometric isomers, cisplatin, is used in chemotherapy to treat cancer. The other geometric isomer, transplatin, shows no useful anticancer activity. Carefully examine the structures of the two isomers.
|cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II) (cisplatin)||trans-diamminedichloroplatinum(II) (transplatin)|
A second type of geometric isomerism is illustrated by the octahedral complex Co(NH3)3Cl3. Carefully examine the structures shown below.
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Coordination Chemistry Isomers
Coordination Isomers Linkage Isomers Geometric Isomers Optical Isomers