|Jmol-3D images||Image 1|
|Molar mass||116.12 g mol−1|
|Appearance||White/Off White Powder|
240-241 °C, 513-514 K, 464-466 °F
|Solubility in water||low|
|Main hazards||Toxic, Skin/Eye Irritant|
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Dimethylglyoxime is a chemical compound described by the formula CH3C(NOH)C(NOH)CH3. This colourless solid is the dioxime derivative of the diketone diacetyl (also known as 2,3-butanedione). DmgH2 is used in the analysis of palladium or nickel. Its coordination complexes are of theoretical interest as models for enzymes and as catalysts. Many related ligands can be prepared from other diketones, e.g. benzil.
The use of DMG as a reagent to detect nickel was discovered by L. A. Chugaev in 1905. For qualitative analysis, dmgH2 is often used as a solution in ethanol. It is the conjugate base, not dmgH2 itself, that forms the complexes. Furthermore, a pair of dmgH- ligands are joined through hydrogen bonds to give a macrocyclic ligand. The most famous complex is the bright red Ni(dmgH)2, formed by treatment of Ni(II) sources with dmgH2. This planar complex is very poorly soluble and so precipitates from solution. This method is used for the gravimetric determination of nickel, e.g. in ores.
The nitrogen atoms in dmgH2 and its complexes are sp2 hybridized. Because of the planarity of the resulting ligand, the macrocycle [dmgH]22- resembles some biologically important macrocyclic ligands, as found for example in vitamin B12 and myoglobin. A well known family of model complexes, the cobaloximes, have the formula CoR(dmgH)2L, where R is an alkyl group and L is typically pyridine. In such complexes, L and R occupy “axial” positions on the cobalt, perpendicular to the plane of the (dmgH)2. One of the examples of cobaloxime is chloro(pyridine)cobaloxime.
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