CAS number 95-45-4 YesY
ChemSpider 10606175 YesY
RTECS number EK2975000
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Molecular formula C4H8N2O2
Molar mass 116.12 g mol−1
Appearance White/Off White Powder
Density 1.37 g/cm3
Melting point

240-241 °C, 513-514 K, 464-466 °F

Boiling point


Solubility in water low
Dipole moment 0
MSDS External MSDS
R-phrases R20/22
S-phrases R22, R36/37
Main hazards Toxic, Skin/Eye Irritant
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Related compounds
Related compounds Hydroxylamine
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
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Dimethylglyoxime is a chemical compound described by the formula CH3C(NOH)C(NOH)CH3. This colourless solid is the dioxime derivative of the diketone diacetyl (also known as 2,3-butanedione). DmgH2 is used in the analysis of palladium or nickel. Its coordination complexes are of theoretical interest as models for enzymes and as catalysts. Many related ligands can be prepared from other diketones, e.g. benzil.



Dimethylglyoxime can be prepared from butanone first by reaction with ethyl nitrite followed b hydroxylamine monosulfonate:[1]

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Structure of Ni(dmgH)2
A sample of Ni(dmgH)2

Dimethylglyoxime is used as a chelating agent in the gravimetric analysis of nickel. The use of DMG as a reagent to detect nickel was discovered by L. A. Chugaev in 1905.[2] For qualitative analysis, dmgH2 is often used as a solution in ethanol. It is the conjugate base, not dmgH2 itself, that forms the complexes. Furthermore, a pair of dmgH- ligands are joined through hydrogen bonds to give a macrocyclic ligand. The most famous complex is the bright red Ni(dmgH)2, formed by treatment of Ni(II) sources with dmgH2. This planar complex is very poorly soluble and so precipitates from solution. This method is used for the gravimetric determination of nickel, e.g. in ores.


The nitrogen atoms in dmgH2 and its complexes are sp2 hybridized.[3] Because of the planarity of the resulting ligand, the macrocycle [dmgH]22- resembles some biologically important macrocyclic ligands, as found for example in vitamin B12 and myoglobin. A well known family of model complexes, the cobaloximes, have the formula CoR(dmgH)2L, where R is an alkyl group and L is typically pyridine. In such complexes, L and R occupy “axial” positions on the cobalt, perpendicular to the plane of the (dmgH)2.


  1. ^ Semon, W. L.; Damerell, V. R. (1943), "Dimethylglyoxime", Org. Synth., http://www.orgsyn.org/orgsyn/orgsyn/prepContent.asp?prep=cv2p0204 ; Coll. Vol. 2: 204 
  2. ^ Lev Tschugaeff (1905). "Über ein neues, empfindliches Reagens auf Nickel". Berichte der deutschen chemischen Gesellschaft 38 (3): 2520–2522. doi:10.1002/cber.19050380317. 
  3. ^ Girolami, G.. S.; Rauchfuss, T.B.; Angelici, R. J. (1999). Synthesis and Technique in Inorganic Chemistry: A Laboratory Manual (3rd ed.). pp. 213–215. 

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