The monosolvate (MeCN) of niobium(V) chloride has been structurally characterized. The metal is six coordinate with a somewhat distorted octahedral geometry in which the four equatorial chlorine atoms are coplanar but are clearly bent towards the bound axial acetonitrile ligand, mean N-ax-Nb-Cl-eq 83.62(12). The Nb-Cl bond distances lie in the range 2.249(2)-2.319(2) Angstrom and the metal to ligand distance, Nb-N, is 2.236(4) Angstrom. Copyright (C) 1996 Elsevier Science Lt
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