Structural Studies of RSHgII Complexes Containing (-Hg-SR-)nRings and Chains

Allan J. Canty, Colin L. Raston, Allan H. White

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Crystals of acetato(methanethio1ato)-γ-picolinemercury(II), MeSHgO2CMe, C6H7N (1), are mono-clinic, P21/a, a 16.617(9), b 7.271(3), c 20.476(2) Å β 113.31(5)°, Z 8. The structure resembles that of its pyridine analogue, being based on a polymeric (-Hg-SMe-), chain with acetate and picoline groups coordinated at each mercury; a similar structure is found for EtSHgO2CMe, C5H5N (2), monoclinic, P21/c, a 9.344(2), b 17.917(9), c 7.179(2) Å, ß 106.24(3)°, Z 4. The structure of tetrachlorotetra(2-methylpropane-2-thiolato)di(γ-picoline)tetramercury(II), (ButS)4Cl4Hg4(C6H7N)2(3), also resembles that of its pyridine analogue being based on an unusual tetranuclear grouping of mercury atoms linked by chloride and thiolate bridges. Crystals of (3) are monoclinic, P21/c, a 12.334(7), b 17.468(9), c 9.999(5) Å, β 91. 18(4)°, Z 2. Crystals of MeSHgBr (4) are monolinic, P21/c, a 7.770(9), b 7.500(5), c 7.945(10) Å, β 91.71(3)°, Z 4, and contain parallel chains (-Hg-SMe-), with neighbouring chains linked by bridging bromine atoms into parallel sheets. Each bromine is triply bridging, being coordinated to two mercury atoms in one chain, and one mercury atom in an adjacent chain. The structure of MeSHgCl appears to be isomorphous.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-320
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian Journal of Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes


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