Molecular structures of thimerosal (merthiolate) and other arylthiolate mercury alkyl compounds

Jonathan G. Melnick, Kevin Yurkerwich, Daniela Buccella, Wesley Sattler, Gerard Parkin

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The molecular structure of sodium ethylmercury thiosalicylate (also known as thimerosal and Merthiolate) and related arylthiolate mercury alkyl compounds, namely PhSHgMe and PhSHgEt, have been determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. 1H NMR spectroscopic studies indicate that the appearance of the 199Hg mercury satellites of the ethyl group of thimerosal is highly dependent on the magnetic field and the viscosity of the solvent as a consequence of relaxation due to chemical shift anisotropy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6421-6426
Number of pages6
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 21 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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