Synthesis, crystal structure and characterization of a new octane-1,8-diammonium bis(dihydrogenmonophosphate)


The synthesis and the structure of a new [H3N-(CH2)8-NH3][H2PO4]2 is described. This compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic system, with the centric space group Pbcn and the following unit cell parameters: a = 7.2887 (4), b = 9.1728 (6), c = 23.2169 (19) Å, Z = 4 and V = 1552.23 (18) Å3. The crystal structure has been solved and refined to R = 0.074 and R(w) = 0.173. The [H2PO4]- entities are associated by O---H...O strong hydrogen bonds to form layers. These latters are interconnected with the organic entities via (N)-H...O hydrogen bonds. In this atomic arrangement, H bonds between the different species play an important role in the three-dimensional network. This compound has also been characterized by infrared spectroscopy, solid state MAS-NMR and thermal analysis.

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Mrad, M. , Ammar, S. , Ferretti, V. , Rzaigui, M. and Nasr, C. (2011) Synthesis, crystal structure and characterization of a new octane-1,8-diammonium bis(dihydrogenmonophosphate). Open Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 1, 1-8. doi: 10.4236/ojic.2011.11001.


Recent years have witnessed an explosion of great interest in hybrid organic-inorganic framework solids not only for their intriguing architectures and topologies, but also for their potential applications in optical, electrical, magnetic, and micro-porous materials [1,2]. In this area the hydrogen bonding is of intense interest because of their widespread occurrence in biological system. So it is very helpful to search simple molecules allowing to understanding the configuration and the function of some complex macromolecules. The hybrid compounds are rich in H-bonds and they could be used to this effect because of their potential importance in constructing sophisticated assemblies from discrete ionic or molecular building blocks due to their strength and directionality [3,4]. In this work, the combination of octandiamine and phosphoric acid has been chosen to elaborate the special hydrogen-bond pattern.


2.1. Chemical Preparation

Crystals of the title compound have been prepared in a Petri dish by adding 50 mmol (3.4 mL) of concentrated orthophosphoric acid (Fluka, 85%, d = 1.7) to 25 mmol (3.6 g) of octane-1,8-diamine (Acros) dissolved in ethanol. After agitation, the resulting solution has been slowly evaporated at room temperature until the formation of single crystals suitable for X-ray structure analysis and remained stable under normal conditions of temperature and humidity (yield = 64 %).

2.2. Investigation Techniques

The title compound has been studied by various physico-chemical methods: X-ray diffraction, Infrared spectroscopy and Thermal analysis.

2. 2. 1. X-Ray Diffraction

A single crystal was carefully selected under polarizing microscope in order to perform its structural analysis by X-ray diffraction. The intensity data were collected on a Nonius Kappa CCD diffractometer at room temperature using graphite-monochromated MoKα radiation (λ = 0.71073 Å). The structure was solved by direct methods with the SIR97 program [5] and refined on F2 by fullmatrix least-squares methods with anisotropic non-H atoms using the SHELXL-97 [6] program within WINGX [7]. All the H atoms were found in the Difference Fourier map and refined isotropically. The drawings were made with Diamond [8]. Crystal data and experimental parameters used for the intensity data collection are summarized in Table 1.

Table 1. Crystal data, experimental parameters used for the intensity data collection, strategy and final results of the structure determination of [H3N-(CH2)8-NH3][H2PO4]2.

2.2.2. NMR Spectroscopy

All NMR spectra were recorded on a solid-state high-resolution Bruker DSX-300 spectrometer operating at 75.49 MHz for 13C and 121.51 MHz for 31P, with a classical 4 mm probehead allowing spinning rates up to 10 kHz. 13C chemical shifts are given relative to tetramethylsilane and 31P ones are relative to 85% H3PO4 (external references, precision 0.5 ppm). Phosphorus spectrum was recorded under classical MAS conditions while the carbon ones were recorded by the use of cross-polarization (CP) from protons (contact time 5 ms) and MAS. In all cases, it was checked that there was a sufficient delay between the scans allowing a full relaxation of the nuclei.

2.2.3. IR Spectroscopy

Spectrum was recorded in the range 4000 - 400 cm1 with a “Perkin-Elmer FTIR” spectrophotometer 1000 using a sample dispersed in spectroscopically pure KBr pellet.

2.2.4. Thermal Analysis

Thermal analysis was performed using a multimodule 92 Setaram analyzer operating from room temperature up to 500˚C at an average heating rate of 5 ˚C·min−1.


3.1. X-Ray Diffraction

The asymmetric unit of [H3N-(CH2)8-NH3][H2PO4]2 is built by a H2PO– 4 anion and a the half of octane diammonium cation. Figure 1 shows an ORTEP [9] plot of the structure including the atom labels and their vibrational ellipsoids at 40% probability. The atomic arrange-

Figure 1. Asymmetric unit of [H3N-(CH2)8-NH3][H2PO4]2 with atom labels and 40% probability displacement ellipsoids for non-H atoms. Symmetry codes: (i) – x + 2, – y, – z; (ii) – x + 1, y, – z +.

ment of [H3N-(CH2)8-NH3][H2PO4]2 can be described by inorganic layers of H2PO4- anions located in (a, b) planes (Figure 2). Between these layers, which are located at z = (2n + 1)/4, are anchored organic cations through N-H…O hydrogen bonds (Figure 3). The detailed geometry of H2PO– 4 groups (Table 2) shows that the P-O bond is significantly shorter (1.501(4) Å) than the P-OH bonds varying between 1.530(4) and 1.555(4) Å. This is in agreement with the data relative to the protonated oxoanions [10]. However, the O…O distances involved in the hydrogen bonds (2.505 - 2.595 Å) are of the same order of magnitude of the O-O in the PO4 tetrahedron (2.432 - 2.531 Å), this should allow us to consider the [H2PO4]n– n subnetwork as a polyanion. The O-P-O angles spread from 106.2(2)° to 114.2(2)°. This distortion from the tetrahedral value has been regularly noted in other organic phosphates [11]. All these geometrical parameters are in full agreement with those observed in such anions in other organic dihydrogenomonophosphates [12]. Moreover, it is worth noting that two hydrogen atoms belonging to the phosphate ion have 0.5 occupancy and are shared between two molecules. This explains the long O-H lengths for O1-H14 (1.28(2) Å and O4-H13 (1.254(6) Å).

The diammonium octane chain lies across a crystallographic inversion centre and hence the asymmetric unit contains one dihydrogenomonophosphate anion and one-half of the octane diammonium cation. The hydrocarbon chain is also not extended as is common in long chained hydrocarbons but shows significant folding and deviation from planarity. This is clearly evident from the torsion angle along the N1-C1-C2-C3 bond [–179.6°], along the C1-C2-C3-C4 bond (66.3°) and along the C2-C3-C4-C4i (61.6°). An intricate three-dimensional hydrogen-bonding network exists in the crystal structure, with each H atom on the ammonium group exhibiting interaction to the H2PO– 4 anion.

3.2. NMR Spectroscopy

Proton decoupled 31P MAS-NMR spectrum of crystalline dihydrogenmonophpsphate [H3N-(CH2)8-NH3][H2PO4]2 is given in Figure 4. It exhibits two resonance peaks at 0.03 ppm and 1.73 ppm with two corresponding satellite spinning side bands at equal intervals (spinning rate of the sample expressed in ppm). These chemical shift values agree well with those of monophosphates, between –10 ppm and +5 ppm depending on the compound [13-18]. However, the asymmetric unit contains only one crystallographic site. This anomaly can be explained by the fact that the dihydrogenmonophosphate group moves between two close positions with a frequency that we observed these positions in NMR, while in X-ray only a mean position was detected.

The 13C CP-MAS NMR spectrum of the title compound displays four resonance different signals (Figure 5). This spectrum is in good agreement with the X-ray structure, which shows four crystallographically unequivalent carbon sites. The carbon atoms of the organic group are depicted in Figure 1.

To assign NMR components to different carbon atoms, we used the ACDlabs software. The chemical shifts of the four carbon atoms were calculated and the results are regrouped in Table 5. The obvious difference between the theoretical and the experimental chemical shift values observed for the C1 carbon atom is attributed to the fact that this later is directly bonded to the ammonium group which is involved in hydrogen bonds with the dihydrogenmonophosphate anion.

3.3. IR Spectroscopy

The infrared spectrum of crystalline [H3N-(CH2)8NH3][H2PO4]2 is shown in Figure 6. To assign the IR peaks to the vibrational modes, we examined the modes and frequencies observed in similar compounds [19].

•     Frequencies in the range 3600 cm1 and 2300 cm1

Table 2. Main interatomic distances (A) and bond angles (°) in the PO4 tetrahedron and octane-1,8-diammonium group.

Table 3. Hydrogen-bond geometry (Å, °) in [H3N-(CH2)8-NH3][H2PO4]2.

Figure 2. Projection along the c-axis at z = 1/4 of the inorganic layer in [H3N-(CH2)8-NH3][H2PO4]2 structure. H2PO4 is given in polyhedral representation. Hydrogen bonds are denoted by dotted lines.

Figure 3. Projection of the structure of [H3N-(CH2)8-NH3][H2PO4]2 along the b-axis. H2PO4 is given in polyhedral representation. Hydrogen bonds are denoted by dotted lines.

Figure 4. Solid-state 31P MAS NMR spectrum of [H3N-(CH2)8-NH3][H2PO4]2. *Spinning side bands.

Figure 5. Solid-state 13C CP-MAS NMR spectrum of [H3N-(CH2)8-NH3][H2PO4]2.

Figure 6. IR absorption spectrum of [H3N-(CH2)8-NH3][H2PO4]2.

Table 4. Calculated (diso) and experimental (dexp) chemical shifts of the carbon atoms in [H3N-(CH2)8-NH3][H2PO4]2.

are attributed to the stretching modes of the organic entity and the hydroxyl of P-OH groups (N-H, C-H and O-H).

The vibrations between 1650 and 1200 cm1 are assigned to bending modes (NH+ 3 and CH2).

•     Bands between 1200 - 800 cm1 corresponds to the asymmetric and symmetric PO4 stretching modes [20].

•     Frequencies in the domain 650 and 400 cm1 are attributed to the asymmetric and symmetric PO4 bending modes [21].

3.4. Thermal Analysis

The two curves corresponding to the DTA and TGA analysis in argon of [H3N-(CH2)8-NH3][H2PO4]2 are given in Figure 7. The DTA curve shows that this compound undertakes a series of endothermic peaks in a wide temperature range (180˚C - 500˚C). The most important one appears at about 186˚C. It corresponds to a melting point, which is in good agreement with the result obtained by the capillarity tube method. From 190˚C, the DTA curve shows a series of weak endothermic peaks characterized by an important weight loss observed on the TGA curve. This thermal phenomenon is attributed to the degradation of the organic entity, well confirmed by the consistent residue of polyphosphoric acid and black carbon obtained at the end of the experiment.

The DSC thermogramme (Figure 8) is particularly characterized by one endothermic peak at about 181˚C related to the melting compound. The corresponding

Figure 7. DTA and TGA curves of [H3N-(CH2)8-NH3][H2PO4]2  at rising temperature.

Figure 8. DSC curve of [H3N-(CH2)8-NH3][H2PO4]2  at rising temperature.

melting enthalpy is H = 38.706 KJ·mol1.

3.5. Supplementary Material

Crystallographic data for the title compound have been deposited at the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Center as supplementary publication (CCDC-820777). These data can be obtained free of charge at or from the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Center, 12, Union Road, Cambridge CB2 1EZ, UK; fax: +44 1223/336 033; mailto:

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


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