Consistent zincophosphite 4-ring `ladder' chain structural motif with isomeric ligands

Stephen Wark, Megan J. Lyons, Alexandra M. Z. Slawin, William T. A. Harrison* (Corresponding Author)

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The syntheses and crystal structures of four hydrothermally prepared organo--zinc phosphites, it viz. poly[[(2-amino-3-methylpyridine)-$$$-phosphonato-zinc] hemihydrate], [Zn(HPO$$)(C$$H$$N$$)]$0.5H$$O$it n$, (I), poly[(2-amino-4-methylpyridine)-$$$-phosphonato-zinc], [Zn(HPO$$)(C$$H$$N$$)]$it n$, (II), poly[(2-amino-5-methylpyridine)-$$$-phosphonato-zinc], [Zn(HPO$$)(C$$H$$N$$)]$it n$, (III), and poly[bis(2-amino-4-methylpyridinium) [tetra-$$$-phosphonato-trizinc] monohydrate], (C$$H$$N$$)$$[Zn$$(HPO$$)$$]$H$$O$it n$, (IV), are described. Compounds (I)--(III) are constructed from vertex-sharing ZnO$$N tetrahedra (the organic molecule acting as a ligand) and HPO$$ pseudo pyramids in a 1:1 ratio to generate the same it motif of infinite 4-ring `ladder' chains propagating in the [010], [101] and [100] directions, respectively, whereas (IV) consists of (010) layers of vertex-sharing ZnO$$ and HPO$$ units in a 3:4 ratio with the protonated organic molecule acting as a template. When an excess of HCl is used in the synthesis, the simple hydrated molecular salt, bis(2-amino-3-methylpyridinium) tetrachlorozincate monohydrate, (C$$H$$N$$)$$[ZnCl$$]$H$$O, (V), arises. Compounds (I)--(V) feature extensive networks of hydrogen bonds, both classical (N---H$O, N---H$Cl, O---H$O) and non-classical (C---H$O, C---H$Cl) in nature, which help to consolidate the extended structures.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberE79
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages29
JournalActa Crystallographica Section E
Issue number4
Early online date10 Mar 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Mar 2023


  • crystal structure
  • zincophosphite
  • isomers


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