An unusual coordination complex of copper, producing lustrous dark violet crystals.
- Color: dark violet, almost black
- Crystal shape: rectangular sticks with additional faces at the ends
- Stability on air: stable
This compound crystallizes easily from aqueous solution, containing all requried ions in stoichiometric proportion. Such solution can be prepared by dissolving potassium chloride KCl together with copper sulfamate Cu(SO3NH2)2 in 2:1 molar ratio; or, alternatively potassium sulfamate KSO3NH2 together with coller chloride CuCl2 again in 2:1 ratio:
2KCl + Cu(NH2SO3)2 = K2[Cu(NH2SO3)2Cl2],
2KNH2SO3 + CuCl2 = K2[Cu(NH2SO3)2Cl2].
Not the easiest material for growing. Fast crysatllization produces tiny violet needles and dendrites. To achieve large single crystals, crystallization must be slow.
Purity of the soure material seems to affect quality significantly: recrystallized material produced larger crystals with less imperfections.
Solubility, according to my own measurements, is 76..79g / 100ml.
The main source of danger is copper: all copper compounds are moderately toxic.