Mechanistic insights into a gas-solid reaction in molecular crystals: the role of hydrogen bonding

Guillermo Mínguez Espallargas, Jacco van de Streek, Philippe Fernandes, Alastair J Florence, Michela Brunelli, Kenneth Shankland, Lee Brammer

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Abstract

Hydrogen bonding leads the way: Reaction of nonporous crystalline coordination compound 1 with HCl gas results in conversion into the crystalline salt 2 (see picture) following chemisorption and insertion of HCl into CuN bonds. Powder diffraction studies show that [CuBr2Cl2]2− ions formed in 2 are reoriented to maximize the strength of hydrogen bonds and halogen bonds by preferentially involving Cl rather than Br ligands as acceptor sites.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8892-8896
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Volume49
Issue number47
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2010

Keywords

  • coordination complexes
  • copper
  • crystallization
  • gases
  • hydrogen bonding
  • pyridines

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