Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1991, 56, 1454-1460

Crystal structure of dicadmium(II) ethylenediphosphinetetraacetate octahydrate

Jaroslav Podlaha and Jana Podlahová

Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Charles University, 128 40 Prague 2


The crystal structure of the title compound containing a phosphorus analogue of EDTA as the ligand was determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data and refined to R = 0.028 for 1 920 observed reflections. The crystals are monocyclic, space group P21/c,a = 8.6169(8), b = 16.0539(9), c = 8.2504(6)Å, β = 103.458(7)° and Z = 2. The structure is completely different from that of the nitrogen prototype, [CdEDTA]2-. It consists of double-stranded polymeric layers which are composed of metal coordination polyhedra linked by μ6-hexadentate ligands; the layers lie parallel to the bc plane and are joined along the a axis through hydrogen bonding donated by water molecules. Because of steric requirements of phosphorus, the coordination polyhedron around Cd is greatly distorted and can best be described as a 5 + 3 type. One P atom, two oxygen atoms from two monodentate carboxylate groups and two water molecules form an approximate trigonal bipyramid and further three more remote carboxylate oxygens complete the arrangement, resulting in an O7P distorted bicapped trigonal prism.