The crystal structures of three primary products from the selective reduction of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene

Duncan Graham, Alan R. Kennedy, Callum J. McHugh, W.Ewen Smith, William I.F. David, Kenneth Shankland, Norman Shankland

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Abstract

The crystal structures of three primary products from the selective reduction of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) have been determined by synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction (2-amino-4,6-dinitrotoluene) and single crystal X-ray diffraction (4-amino-2,6-dinitrotoluene and 2-hydroxyamino-4,6-dinitrotoluene). The molecular structure of 2-amino-4,6-dinitrotoluene, including rotational disorder of the 6-nitro group, was subsequently detailed to a higher resolution by a single-crystal analysis. In contrast to the known structures of TNT, the crystal structures of these amino species are dominated by hydrogen-bonded sheets connected via ring stacking, whilst that of 2-hydroxyamino-4,6-dinitrotoluene is dominated by the dual hydrogen-bonding acceptor/donator role of the hydroxyamine group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-165
Number of pages5
JournalNew Journal of Chemistry
Volume28
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

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