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Potassium octachlorodimolybdate is the inorganic compound with the formula K4Mo2Cl8. This red-coloured salt consists of potassium cations and the octachlorodimolybdate anion, Mo2Cl84−. The anion is of historic interest because it was one of the earliest illustrations of a quadruple bonding. The salt is usually obtained as the dihydrate.
- 2 Mo(CO)6 + 4 HO2CCH3 → Mo2(O2CCH3)4 + 2 H2 + 12 CO
- Mo2(O2CCH3)4 + 4 HCl + 4 KCl → K4Mo2Cl8 + 4 HO2CCH3
The reaction of the acetate with HCl was first described as providing trimolybdenum compounds, but subsequent crystallographic analysis confirmed that the product contains the Mo2Cl84− ion with D4h symmetry. The Mo---Mo distance is 2.14 Å.
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