Crystal structures of two hydrogen-bonded compounds of chloranilic acid-ethyleneurea (1/1) and chloranilic acid-hydantoin (1/2)

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The structures of the hydrogen-bonded 1:1 co-crystal of chloranilic acid (systematic name: 2,5-dichloro-3,6-dihydroxy-1,4-benzoquinone) with ethyleneurea (systematic name: imidazolidin-2-one), C6H2Cl2O4·C3H6N2O, (I), and the 1:2 co-crystal of chloranilic acid with hydantoin (systematic name: imidazolidine-2,4-dione), C6H2Cl2O4·2C3H4N2O2, (II), have been determined at 180 K. In the crystals of both compounds, the base molecules are in the lactam form and no acid-base interaction involving H-atom transfer is observed. The asymmetric unit of (I) consists of two independent half-molecules of chloranilic acid, with each of the acid molecules lying about an inversion centre, and one ethyleneurea molecule. The asymmetric unit of (II) consists of one half-molecule of chloranilic acid, which lies about an inversion centre, and one hydantoin molecule. In the crystal of (I), the acid and base molecules are linked via O - H⋯O and N - H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming an undulating sheet structure parallel to the ab plane. In (II), the base molecules form an inversion dimer via a pair of N - H⋯O hydrogen bonds, and the base dimers are further linked through another N - H⋯O hydrogen bond into a layer structure parallel to ( 01). The acid molecule and the base molecule are linked via an O - H⋯O hydrogen bond.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1727-1730
Number of pages4
JournalActa Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018



  • chloranilic acid
  • crystal structure
  • ethyleneurea
  • hydantoin
  • hydrogen bond
  • imidazolidin-2-one
  • imidazolidine-2,4-dione

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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