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Why does R3P=O exist but R3N=O does not (R = alkyl group)?

Asked by Vaibhav Negi(parent) , on 22/6/10

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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.

Posted by Prerna Bansal(MeritNation Expert)on 22/6/10

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