Solution behavior of Hg(II)-cystamine by Uv-Vis and 199Hg NMR

Mohan S. Bharara, Sean Parkin, David A. Atwood

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The combination of HgCl2 with the disulfide salt of 2-aminoethanethiol (cystamine dihydrogen dichloride) in water yields a two-dimensional chain ([HgCl4][(NH3CH2CH2S-)2])n (1). It consists of six-coordinate Hg in [HgCl4]n units with bridging and termainal Cl atoms. The disulfide groups, (NH3CH2CH2S-)2 are held between the [HgCl4]n chain with weak S-S interactions. The chlorides in the [HgCl4]n units are involved in intermolecular hydrogen bonding to yield a three-dimensional network. A similar reaction with the reduced form of cystamine (2-amino ethanethiol) yields a linear Hg(II)-bis-thiolate, [Hg(SCH2CH2NH3]2+ (2). When compound 1 is combined with two equivalents of NaOH it rearranges to 2 as indicated by 199Hg NMR and Uv-Vis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-225
Number of pages9
JournalMain Group Chemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2005


  • Cystamine
  • Disulfide
  • Hg NMR
  • HgCl
  • Uv-Vis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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