The benzenediazonium ion
3D model (JSmol)
|Molar mass||140.57 g·mol−1|
|very good, hydroscopic|
|Main hazards||unstable, possibly explosive|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Benzenediazonium chloride is an organic compound with the formula [C6H5N2]Cl. It is a salt of a diazonium cation and chloride. It exists as a colourless solid that is soluble in polar solvents including water. It is the parent member of the aryldiazonium compounds, which are widely used in organic chemistry. Because the salt is unstable, it is not commercially available but is prepared upon demand.
- C6H5NH2 + HNO2 + HCl → [C6H5N2]Cl + 2 H2O
The reactions are conducted at low temperature to minimize decomposition of the diazonium salt. The diazonium salt is not isolated.
The diazo group (N2) can be replaced by many other groups, usually anions, giving a variety of substituted phenyl derivatives:
- C6H5N2+ + Nu− → C6H5Nu + N2
These transformations are associated with many named reactions including the Schiemann reaction, Sandmeyer reaction, and Gomberg-Bachmann reaction. A wide range of groups that can be used to replace N2 including halide, SH−, CO2H−, OH−. Of considerable practical value in the dye industry are the diazo coupling reactions.
The compound is explosive.
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