Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan
Online ISSN : 1348-0634
Print ISSN : 0009-2673
ISSN-L : 0009-2673
The Crystal Structure of Methylene Bichloride, CH2Cl2
Takemi KawaguchiKazuo TanakaToru TakeuchiTokunosuké Watanabé
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1973 Volume 46 Issue 1 Pages 62-66


The crystal structure of methylene dichloride has been determined by the X-ray diffraction method at about −120°C. The structure has a symmetry D2h14Pbcn, and its orthorhombic tetramolecular cell has these dimensions: a=4.249±0.001, b=8.138±0.020, and c=9.492±0.002 Å. The positional parameters of the chlorine and carbon atoms are obtained by a three-dimensional Patterson function, followed by a least-squares refinement including the hydrogen atom. The structure thus obtained is in excellent agreement with the results of lattice-energy calculations. The crystal structure is quite different from that of methylene dibromide (and of methylene diiodide).

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