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The solid state structures of the high and low temperature phases of dimethylcadmium

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Abstract

The solid state structure of dimethylcadmium, a classic organometallic compound with a long history, has remained elusive for almost a century. X-ray crystallography and density functional theory reveal similar phase behaviour as in dimethylzinc. The high temperature tetragonal phase, α-Me2Cd, exhibits two-dimensional disorder, while the low temperature monoclinic phase, β-Me2Cd, is ordered. Both phases contain linearly coordinated cadmium atoms. While the methyl groups are staggered in the α-phase, they are eclipsed in the β-phase.

Graphical abstract: The solid state structures of the high and low temperature phases of dimethylcadmium

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The article was received on 15 Jul 2016, accepted on 22 Jul 2016 and first published on 22 Jul 2016


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C6CC05851E
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 10144-10146
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    The solid state structures of the high and low temperature phases of dimethylcadmium

    F. Hanke, S. Hindley, A. C. Jones and A. Steiner, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 10144
    DOI: 10.1039/C6CC05851E

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