I couldn't find which of these is correct and even someone I asked said there's no general covincement on it, but I'm unsure whether he's correct? enter image description here

I reproduced the second structure a little wrong maybe, but arrangement and bonds are correct(I think there should be no charge on oxygen).


Dichlorine hexoxide has different structures depending upon whether it is in the gas or solid phase. In the gas phase, the molecule adopts structure (a) (reference 1, reference 2). It is a relatively unstable molecule having a half-life measured in minutes.

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In the solid phase it exists as the dark-red ionic material as shown in (b) and is often referred to as chloryl perchlorate. Both forms are very strong oxidizing agents and react explosively with organic compunds.

  • $\begingroup$ the first refernce is only the reliable source but it also lists only the possible structure(NB i can read only the first page) $\endgroup$
    – RE60K
    Nov 29 '14 at 4:11
  • $\begingroup$ The second reference verifies the first reference; if you'd like to see the first reference in its entirety you can visit an academic library or purchase the article on line - your choice. I provided the answer to your question. $\endgroup$
    – ron
    Nov 29 '14 at 16:06

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