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Cu(en)2 ?

  1. Feb 5, 2006 #1
    Cu(en)2 ??

    I was wondering what the (en) stood for in
    [Cu(en)2(H2O)2]2+
    I was surfing the web and noticed that it appeared in several articles. Thanks!
     
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  3. Feb 5, 2006 #2

    t!m

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    (en) denotes ethylene diamine, C2H8N2.
     
  4. Feb 6, 2006 #3
    No, ethylene diamime is [tex]\text{C}_2\text{H}_6\text{N}_2[/tex] :wink:
    (six not eight, hydrogen atoms)

    C2H8N2 is ethane diamine.
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2006
  5. Feb 6, 2006 #4

    t!m

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    No, ethane-1,2-diamine, more commonly known as ethylenediamine, is [tex]\text{C}_2\text{H}_8\text{N}_2[/tex].

    [tex]\text{C}_2\text{H}_6\text{N}_2[/tex] is something different.
     
  6. Feb 6, 2006 #5
    While I may not know much about chemistry, 99% of the hits I got from google returned the formula- C2H8N2, thereby concurring with t!m.
     
  7. Feb 6, 2006 #6
    Ahh, so ethylenediamine is ethane-1,2-diamine...yes, in that case, it is [tex]\text{C}_2\text{H}_8\text{N}_2[/tex] :rolleyes:

    (Not 1,2-diaminoethylene--i.e., that [itex]\text{C}_2\text{H}_6\text{N}_2[/itex] I mentioned before)
     
  8. Feb 7, 2006 #7
    what is more important to know is that en=cure for poisonings from stuff like lead and other heavy metals.
     
  9. Feb 7, 2006 #8

    Borek

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    H2N-CH2-CH2-NH2

    and everything is clear :)
     
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