# ICl3 Lewis structure

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ICl3 (iodine trichloride) has one iodine atom and three chlorine atoms.

In the ICl3 Lewis structure, there are three single bonds around the iodine atom, with three chlorine atoms attached to it. Each chlorine atom has three lone pairs, and the iodine atom has two lone pairs.

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## Steps

To properly draw the ICl3 Lewis structure, follow these steps:

#1 Draw a rough sketch of the structure
#2 Next, indicate lone pairs on the atoms
#3 Indicate formal charges on the atoms, if necessary

Let’s break down each step in more detail.

### #1 Draw a rough sketch of the structure

• First, determine the total number of valence electrons

In the periodic table, both iodine and chlorine lie in group 17.

Hence, both iodine and chlorine have seven valence electrons.

Since ICl3 has one iodine atom and three chlorine atoms, so…

Valence electrons of one iodine atom = 7 × 1 = 7
Valence electrons of three chlorine atoms = 7 × 3 = 21

And the total valence electrons = 7 + 21 = 28

• Second, find the total electron pairs

We have a total of 28 valence electrons. And when we divide this value by two, we get the value of total electron pairs.

Total electron pairs = total valence electrons ÷ 2

So the total electron pairs = 28 ÷ 2 = 14

• Third, determine the central atom

We have to place the least electronegative atom at the center.

Since iodine is less electronegative than chlorine, assume that the central atom is iodine.

Therefore, place iodine in the center and chlorines on either side.

• And finally, draw the rough sketch

### #2 Next, indicate lone pairs on the atoms

Here, we have a total of 14 electron pairs. And three I — Cl bonds are already marked. So we have to only mark the remaining eleven electron pairs as lone pairs on the sketch.

Also remember that iodine is a period 5 element, so it can keep more than 8 electrons in its last shell. And chlorine is a period 3 element, so it can keep more than 8 electrons in its last shell.

Always start to mark the lone pairs from outside atoms. Here, the outside atoms are chlorines.

So for each chlorine, there are three lone pairs, and for iodine, there are two lone pairs.

Mark the lone pairs on the sketch as follows:

### #3 Indicate formal charges on the atoms, if necessary

Use the following formula to calculate the formal charges on atoms:

Formal charge = valence electrons – nonbonding electrons – ½ bonding electrons

For iodine atom, formal charge = 7 – 4 – ½ (6) = 0

For each chlorine atom, formal charge = 7 – 6 – ½ (2) = 0

Here, both iodine and chlorine atoms do not have charges, so no need to mark the charges.

In the above structure, you can see that the central atom (iodine) forms an octet. And the outside atoms (chlorines) also form an octet. Hence, the octet rule is satisfied.

Therefore, this structure is the stable Lewis structure of ICl3.

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