What is Stereoisomerism?

Consider two compounds containing the same ligands attached to the same central metal ion, but the arrangement of ligands in space about the central metal ion are different, then these two compounds are said to be stereoisomers and this phenomenon is known as stereoisomerism.


Stereoisomerism is the arrangement of atoms in molecules whose connectivity remains the same but their arrangement in space is different in each isomer.

There are two different types of stereoisomerism.

a) Geometrical isomerism

b) Optical isomerism.