The first precise molecular structure of a monomeric transition metal cyanide, copper(I) cyanide

Douglas B. Grotjahn, M. A. Brewster, Lucy M Ziurys

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Copper(I) cyanide is an important reagent in organic, organometallic, and supramolecular chemistry because of both the copper center and the versatile cyanide ligand. Solid-phase CuCN and many of its derivatives show oligomeric or polymeric structures, a trait shared by other metal cyanides. Often, it is difficult to specify the orientation of the cyano ligand in an X-ray structure. Here the first preparation and precise structure of a monomeric transition metal cyanide is reported. Gas-phase reaction between copper vapor and cyanogen (NCCN) clearly gives CuCN (not CuNC). The precise structure of CuCN so produced is determined by millimeter/submillimeter-wave spectroscopy. Because of the highly efficient synthesis and the presence of significant amounts of two copper isotopes, such strong signals were seen that natural-abundance materials allowed observation of transitions for the four isotopomers 63Cu12C14N, 65Cu12C14N, 63Cu13C14N, and 63Cu12C15N and the determination of ro, r, and rm(2)structures. All data unequivocally show a linear geometry and that the carbon of cyanide is bound to copper with a Cu-C distance of 1.82962(4) Å in the structure, which is likely to be closest to the equilibrium geometry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5895-5901
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume124
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - May 22 2002

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Molecular Structure
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Submillimeter waves
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Isotopes
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Carbon
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The first precise molecular structure of a monomeric transition metal cyanide, copper(I) cyanide. / Grotjahn, Douglas B.; Brewster, M. A.; Ziurys, Lucy M.

In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 124, No. 20, 22.05.2002, p. 5895-5901.

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