5 Neutral Oxide Example: Facts That You Should Know

Neutral Oxide Example contains this article. The oxides are neither acidic nor basic known as neutral oxides. In this article let’s talk about more details about neutral oxides example.

Oxides are the binary oxygen compound of any other atom. It may be binary or tertiary or any other depending on the valency of the other atom. Generally, oxides are of two types, one is metallic oxide and the other is non-metallic oxides. Oxides are forming with metal ions are called metal oxides and form with non-metallic species called non-metallic oxides. But there are other categories of oxides that is acidic oxides, basic oxides, neutral oxides, and amphoteric oxides.

Acidic oxides – Oxides that react with water to produce acid are called acidic oxides. Generally, non-metallic oxides are acidic oxides.

e.g. CO2. H20 +CO2 = H2CO3

Basic oxides – Oxides that form based upon reaction with water are called basic oxides. Metallic oxides are an example of basic oxides.

e.g. CaO, CaO + 2H2O = Ca(OH)2 + H2

Amphoteric oxides – Amphoteric oxides are those which can produce acid as well as a base they can react with both acid and base to produce water and salt.

e.g. Al2O3 , Al2O3 + 6HCl = 2AlCl3 + 3H2O

                   Al2O3 + 2NaOH + 3H2O = 2Na[Al(OH)4]

Neutral oxidesNeutral oxides are neither acidic nor basic or it cannot reacts with acid or base called neutral oxides.

e.g. CO, NO, etc.

In this article, we discuss only neutral oxide examples and detailed facts.

The list of neutral oxide examples are,

1.    Carbon monoxide (CO)

Carbons monoxide is a neutral oxide example. It is a mono oxide of Carbon. Incomplete combustion of carbon in presence of oxygen produces carbon monoxide. It is very toxic to a living being, it can form bonds with Fe(II) in hemoglobin and produce toxicity.

Apart from that carbon monoxide is a very strong field ligand in organometallic chemistry. In carbon monoxide, there is a partial triple bond character shown, so the electron density of carbon is dragged away from it to the Oxygen site. So, it can behave as a good electrophile. It can form a bond with metal with excess d electrons or metal having a low oxidation state.

During ligation, the HOMO of CO containing a pair of electrons donates electrons density to the suitably dz2 orbital of the metal (sigma donation). In addition, the vacant π* (LUMO of CO) is involved in π-acceptance from suitably filled dxz or dyz of the metal. It is due to sigma donation and π-acceptance that they occur between the metal and C in the metal carbonyl complexes- thereby accounting for their stabilization.

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Ϭ Donation of CO

It is due to the Ϭ donation from CO a net positive charge develops at the C center and this favor the π-acceptance. Also, it is due to the π-acceptance that a positive charge density develops at the metal center and this intern favors the Ϭ donation. Thus, the Ϭ donation and π-acceptance re-enforce each other and this phenomenon refers to as the synergistic effect.

π-Acceptance of CO

2.    Nitric Oxide (NO)

Nitric Oxide is another neutral oxide example. It is a mono oxide of nitrogen. It is less toxic than carbon monoxide. Nitric oxide also can bind with metal with higher d electrons and behaves as a strong field ligand.

In organometallic chemistry, it can behave as a strong filed ligand and can bind with metal having excess d electron or low oxidation state. The binding mode of NO is two types. When it binds with metal in the form of NO+ then it can behave as a 3 electrons donor system. NO+ is stronger than CO and forms a stronger π bond with the metal center. When it binds as NO+ then it binds at linear geometry with metal.

When it binds as NO- then it will be 1 electron donor system and binds at bent geometry, because there will be no double bond formation occur and the single bond can be rotated. Due to two different types of binding modes, it can be called redox non-innocent ligand.

Note- If No behaves as NO+ in a complex it is a case of linear nitrosyl since NO+ is isoelectronic with CO and CN and hence will form a similar type of complex.

Different Mode of Binding of Nitrosyl

When NO behaves as a NO it is a Ϭ donor ligand only and hence M-N bond is a single bond. Under this condition, M-N-O will be around 1800. Since this process will not be entropically favored. If the nitrosyl is substantially bent then it will be able to assume a larger number of confirmations – thereby stabilizing the structure.

3.    Nitrous Oxide (N2O)

Nitrous Oxide is also a neutral oxide example. It is used as a laughing gas and has a slightly sweet odor. The geometry of nitrous oxide is linear with an N-N-O bond angle will be 1800.

The coordination chemistry of Nitrous oxide is very much limited and it is a very poor ligand and it can bind only some selective metals only. In Nitrous oxide, the N center acts as the donor center cause the whole electron density is present over it.

4.    Water (H2O)

Water is the best neutral oxide example. Actually, it can react with both acid as well as a base but it can not behaves as acidic or basic because it is a neutral molecule. The lone pairs over O are the reaction center here. The lone pairs can be coordinated with a metal center and it can also behave as a ligand.

In coordination chemistry, water can behave as a weak field ligand. The lone pairs over the O center can be coordinated with the metal center. It is a ϭ donor and π donor ligand. So, it can form a bond with the metal center having lower d electrons.

5.    Manganese dioxide (MnO2)

Manganese dioxide is another neutral oxide example. The oxidation state of Mn in MnO2 is +4. So, the oxidation number is lower so here MnO2 is a neutral oxide. If the oxidation state of Mn is higher in any oxide then it can behave as acidic oxide.

There is no such coordination chemistry about MnO2. MnO2 is one neutral oxide of a metal oxide. Generally, metal oxides are basic in nature. It is used in different titration processes. It is used in the titration of KCl to estimate the quantitative value.


From the above discussion of neutral oxide example, we can say that they cannot participate in acid-base reaction but they can be used as ligand also or in titration to estimate another element mainly they are stable oxides so they need not react any other species.

Biswarup Chandra Dey

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