Molecular structure of tetrapropylammonium-2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-p-benzoquinone compared toM+ TCNQ− (M+=Rb+, K+, Cs+, or organic cations; TCNQ−=tetracyanoquinomethane) charge-transfer complexes
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- Marzotto, A., Clemente, D.A. & Pasimeni, L. Journal of Crystallographic and Spectroscopic Research (1988) 18: 545. doi:10.1007/BF01161147
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The crystal and molecular structure of tetrapropylammonium-2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-p-benzoquinone (TPA+ DDQ−) has been determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The crystals are monoclinic, space groupP21/n, witha=13.297(5),b=12.851(4),c=13.099(5) Å,β=101.34(2)°, andZ=4. The compound consists of discrete (DDQ)22− anion dimers and two TPA+ cations inserted between the (DDQ)22− dimers, with an infinite stack running along b of the type ⋯(DDQ)22−[(C3H7)4N+] (DDQ)22−2[(C3H7)4N+]⋯
The (DDQ)22− anion is formed by two DDQ− anions dimerized through a crystallographic center of symmetry; each DDQ− moiety is nearly planar and exhibits molecular dimensions similar to those found in analogous compounds. The comparison between the (DDQ)22− anion and a neutral DDQ molecule clearly shows that bond lengths are markedly influenced by the 2-anionic charge. Tetrapropylammomum cation assumes a distorted tetrahedral configuration as observed in TEA+ DDQ− (TEA+=tetraethylammonium cation). The data are discussed in connection with the electrical conductivity of “organic metals”.