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Vaibhav Negi from INDRAPRASTHA WORLD SCHOOL, asked a question
Subject: Chemistry , asked on 22/6/10

Why does R 3 P=O exist but R 3 N=O does not (R = alkyl group)?

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prerna.bansal... , Meritnation Expert added an answer, on 22/6/10

N (unlike P) lacks the d -orbital. This restricts nitrogen to expand its coordination number beyond four. Hence, R 3 N=O does not exist.

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