Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Abstract The structure of mono- and di-O-arylmercury-derivatives of quinizarin (1,4-dihydroxy-9, 10-anthraquinone) and anthrarufin (1,5-dihydroxy-9, 10-anthraquinone) and their reactions with Br−, Cl−, OH−, andtBuO− anions in the solid state and in aprotic solvents were examined by vibrational and electron spectroscopy. These reactions result in cleavage of the O-Hg bond. The formation of ions or contact ion pairs depends on the size and nature of the counterion; quinizarin dianions give very strong ion pairs with K+ cations, which do not cleave in DMSO. The electronic structure of mono- and dianions of the compounds studied is discussed.
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