Crystal structures and thermal analysis of nedocromil bivalent metal salt hydrates

Haijian Zhu, Victor G. Young, David J.W. Grant

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Two transition metal salts (manganese and cobalt) of the nedocromil were prepared, and their crystal structures were elucidated in an attempt to study the influence of the nature of the bivalent cation on the structure, water interactions, and molecular packing. Crystal data: nedocromil manganese pentahydrate (NMn), triclinic, P1̄, a = 7.5351(4) Å, b = 10.3210(6) Å, c = 13.9664(8) Å, α = 86.640(1)°, β = 80.880(1)°, γ = 77.498(1)°, Z = 2; nedocromil cobalt heptahydrate (NCo), monoclinic. P21, a = 11.7847(2) Å, b = 7.0177(2) Å, c = 14.0700(1) Å, β = 105.343(1)°, Z = 2. Both Mn2+ and Co2+ have octahedral coordination, but the coordination environments of the cations and the bonding environments of the water molecules differ. In NMn, Mn2+ is octahedrally coordinated to two carboxylate oxygens, one in a syn orientation and the other in an anti orientation in a different asymmetric unit, and to four water molecules. In NCo, Co2+ is octahedrally coordinated to the carbonyl oxygen of the pyridone ring and to five water molecules. In NMn and NCo, the molecular conformations of the nedocromil anion are similar, with the carboxylate group on C2 almost in the same plane as the tricyclic ring, whereas the group on C8 is twisted out of the tricyclic plane. Thermal analytical data for NMn show that the water molecules in this hydrate are lost in two steps, of 4 mol and 1 mol of water, respectively. NCo also gave two dehydration steps but of about 6 mol of water and 1 mol of water, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-434
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Chemical Crystallography
Issue number9-10
StatePublished - Oct 2001


  • Cobalt ion coordination
  • Hydrate
  • Manganese ion coordination
  • Nedocromil
  • Thermal analysis
  • Thermal dehydration
  • Water molecule channel


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