Correlation of Crystal Structure and Vapor Composition of Metal Dihalides

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The presence of dimers in the vapor of metal dihalides, as seen in electron diffraction experiments, is found to be correlated with the crystal structure of the halide and with the difference in the heat of vaporization between monomers and dimers. If the dimeric molecule cannot be recognized as a unit in the crystal, dimers are not detected in the vapor. If dimeric molecules are discernible in the crystal, they will be observed in the vapor if their heat of vaporization is not greater than that of the monomer by more than 10 kcal/mol.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1000-1004
Number of pages5
JournalZeitschrift fur Naturforschung - Section A Journal of Physical Sciences
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 1993


  • Correlation of structure and vapor composition
  • Crystal structure
  • Gas-phase electron diffraction
  • Metal dihalides
  • Vapor composition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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