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Al2Cl6 structure

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    Can somebody explain the structure of Al2 Cl6 to me?
    Because I can't see how it can exist?
    Has had me stumped for a while
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    (Original post by iSimon)
    Can somebody explain the structure of Al2 Cl6 to me?
    Because I can't see how it can exist?
    Has had me stumped for a while
    It is actually a dimer, similar to B2H6 structure, but in this case, you have a three centre, four electrons bond. In B2H6, you get 3 centre, 2 electron bond due to monovalent hydrogen.
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    hmm so does the Cl in the middle donate a lone pair of electrons to an Fe?
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    (Original post by iSimon)
    hmm so does the Cl in the middle donate a lone pair of electrons to an Fe?
    To an Fe???

    The structure is:

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