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Crystal Structure of Zinc p-Toluenesulphonate

Nature volume 158, pages 620621 (02 November 1946) | Download Citation



CERTAIN hydrated salts of benzenesulphonic acid and related acids exhibit interesting isomorphous relationships1. An X-ray examination of the unit cells and space groups of a number of these salts indicates that the variable element (the metal atom) in the isomorphous series lies at symmetry centres in the unit cell. It should, therefore, be possible to determine the crystal structures of these materials by the direct method of Fourier synthesis used by Robertson for phthalocyanines2,3, in which no preliminary assumptions are made about the stereochemistry of the structure. The structure of one of the salts, zinc p-toluenesulphonate, (CH3.C6H4.SO3)2 Zn.6H2O, has now been examined by Fourier synthesis, and the results are given briefly in this note.

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