Zeitschrift fur anorganische und allgemeine chemie vol:629 issue:12-13 pages:2079-2082
White polycrystalline mercurous azide, Hg-2(N-3)(2), is obtained by combining aqueous solutions of NaN3 and Hg-2(NO3)(2).2H(2)O (made viscuous by addition of tetramethoxysilane and heating at 65 degreesC). The crystal structure was solved and refined from X-ray powder diffraction data (monoclinic, P2(1)/n, a = 596.07(2) pm, b = 1259.07(4) pm, c = 357.95(1) pm, beta 103.253(2)degrees, Z = 2, R-B = 0.0519). Solid Hg-2(N-3)(2) contains, essentially, molecules of that composition with Hg-Hg distances of 254.4(3) pm, Hg-N distances of 218(2) pm and Hg-Hg-N angles of 178.7(6)degrees. Weak intermolecular interactions with Hg-N distances starting at 280(3) pm lead to a three-dimensional structure.