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To the inorganic chemist ligands are molecules that stick to
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To the inorganic chemist, "ligands" are molecules that stick to other molecules

May 4, 2010
To the inorganic chemist, "ligands" are molecules that stick to other molecules, particularly to metal ions. The resulting "coordination complex" has properties that are usually very different from the ligand or metal alone. This is a picture of a ligand that grabs metal ions so that they can be removed from radioactive wastes.

This work is supported by NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award CHE 98-74966, and by Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) award CHE 98-20289 (for undergraduate Eric Werner). For further information about the CAREER and REU programs, visit the For more information, visit the Crosscutting Programs Web site.