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Supramolecular Organisation of Sulphate Salt Hydrates exemplified with Brucine Sulphate


The solid form landscape of brucine sulphate (BS) was elucidated, resulting in three hydrate forms (HyA-C) and amorphous BS. Interconversion of the hydrates of BS with small changes in the relative humidity complicated identifying and characterising the solid forms. The hydrate obtained from crystallisation experiments (from water), HyA, is the only solid form described in literature. The other two hydrates were produced by dehydration starting from the known hydrate. HyA contains 6.5 to 7.4 molecules of water per BS and is only stable in the realtive humidity (RH) range ≥ 26% at RT. HyB is only observable in a very narrow RH window at room temperature (22% – 25%) and shows a hexahydrate stoichiometry. At RH values ≤ 20% the third hydrate, HyC, forms. Similar to HyA the latter hydrate shows a variable water content of five and less water molecules per BS. Removal of the essential water molecules stabilising the hydrate structures causes a collapse to the amorphous state, a process which was not finished within 3.5 years of storing HyC at driest conditions (approx. 0%) at room temperature. Only the combination of intermolecular interaction and electronic structure calculations with thermal analytical techniques, X-ray diffraction, IR spectroscopy and gravimetric moisture (de)sorption studies and careful control of the external conditions allowed the finding and rationalisation of the three hydrates of BS. The investigations on BS were complemented with an exploitation of the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) to unravel the incidence of hydrates of sulphate salts. The analysis indicates that 56.5% of the sulphate salts (C,H,N,O,S atoms only) are hydrate structures, with higher hydrates being more commonly present amongst sulphate salts than amongst all organic hydrates.

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06 Nov 2019
09 Jan 2020
First published
10 Jan 2020

CrystEngComm, 2020, Accepted Manuscript
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Supramolecular Organisation of Sulphate Salt Hydrates exemplified with Brucine Sulphate

D. E. Braun, CrystEngComm, 2020, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C9CE01762C

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