1973 Volume 46 Issue 1 Pages 53-56
The crystal structures of methyl bromide and methyl iodide have been determined by the X-ray diffraction method at about −120°C and about −80°C respectively. Both the crystals are isomorphous, with orthorhombic space group D2h16–Pnma. Unit cells containing four molecules have the dimensions: a=4.474(1), b=6.420(2), and c=9.150(1) Å for methyl bromide, and: a=4.597(2), b=6.987(1), and c=10.117(1) Å for methyl iodide. These structures are quite different from that of methyl chloride, which has a symmetry of C2v12–Cmc21. In the three crystals, all the molecules are found on the mirror planes; the difference lies in the mutual orientations of the molecules.
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