517. Synthesis and crystal structures of N,2,4,6-tetramethylanilinium trifluoromethanesulfonate and N-isopropylidene-N,2,4,6-tetramethylanilinium trifluoromethanesulfonate

John W. Stewart, Elena M. Irons, Giovanna Osorio Abanto, Matthias Zeller, Curtis M. Zaleski and Daniel P. Predecki, Acta Cryst, (2024), DOI: 10.1107/S2056989024003438

Two 2,4,6-tri­methyl­aniline-based trifuloro­methane­sulfonate (tri­fluoro­methane­sulfonate) salts were synthesized and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. N,2,4,6-Tetra­methyl­anilinium tri­fluoro­methane­sulfonate, [C10H14NH2+][CF3O3S] (1), was synthesized via methyl­ation of 2,4,6-tri­methyl­aniline. N-Iso­propyl­idene-N,2,4,6-tetra­methyl­anilinium tri­fluoro­meth­ane­sulfonate, [C13H20N+][CF3O3S] (2), was synthesized in a two-step reaction where the imine, N-iso­propyl­idene-2,4,6-tri­methyl­aniline, was first prepared via a dehydration reaction to form the Schiff base, followed by methyl­ation using methyl tri­fluoro­methane­sulfonate to form the iminium ion. In compound 1, both hydrogen bonding and π–π inter­actions form the main inter­molecular inter­actions. The primary inter­action is a strong N—H⋯O hydrogen bond with the oxygen atoms of the tri­fluoro­methane­sulfonate anions bonded to the hydrogen atoms of the ammonium nitro­gen atom to generate a one-dimensional chain. The [C10H14NH2+] cations form dimers where the benzene rings form a π–π inter­action with a parallel-displaced geometry. The separation distance between the calculated centroids of the benzene rings is 3.9129 (8) Å, and the inter­planar spacing and ring slippage between the dimers are 3.5156 (5) and 1.718 Å, respectively. For 2, the [C13H20N+] cations also form dimers as in 1, but with the benzene rings highly slipped. The distance between the calculated centroids of the benzene rings is 4.8937 (8) Å, and inter­planar spacing and ring slippage are 3.3646 (5) and 3.553 Å, respectively. The major inter­molecular inter­actions in 2 are instead a series of weaker C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds [C⋯O distances of 3.1723 (17), 3.3789 (18), and 3.3789 (18) Å], an inter­action virtually absent in the structure of 1. Fluorine atoms are not involved in strong directional inter­actions in either structure.