The hydrochloride and hydrobromide salt forms of (S)-amphetamine

Lynn Dennany, Alan R. Kennedy, Brandon Walker

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(S)-Amphetamine hydrochloride, C9H14ClN, has a Z′ = 6 structure with six independent cation, anion pairs. That these are indeed crystallographically independent is supported by different packing orientations of the cations and by observation of a wide range of cation conformations generated by rotation about the phenyl–CH2 bond. The supramolecular contacts about the anions also differ such that both a wide variation in the geometry of the three N–H···Cl hydrogen bonds formed by each chloride anion and differences in C–H···Cl contacts are apparent. (S)-Amphetamine hydrobromide, C9H14BrN, is broadly similar to the chloride in terms of cation conformation, the existance of three N–H···X hydrogen bond contacts per anion and the overall 2 dimensional hydrogen bonded sheet motif. However, only the chloride structure features organic bilayers and Z′ > 1.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)844-849
Number of pages6
JournalActa Crystallographica Section C: Crystal Structure Communications
Issue number10
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 25 Aug 2015


  • (S)-Amphetamine hydrochloride
  • phenylethylamine salts
  • crystal structures

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