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Preferred IUPAC name
Other names
  • Me3TACN
  • Trimethyltriazacyclononane
  • N,N,N-Trimethyl-1,4,7-triazacyclononane
3D model (JSmol)
EC Number
  • 619-228-2
Molar mass 171.288 g·mol−1
Appearance Colorless oil
Boiling point 207.8 °C (406.0 °F; 480.9 K)
GHS pictograms GHS05: CorrosiveGHS07: Harmful
GHS Signal word Danger
P260, P264, P270, P280, P301+312, P301+330+331, P303+361+353, P304+340, P305+351+338, P310, P321, P330, P363, P405, P501
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Infobox references

1,4,7-Trimethyl-1,4,7-triazacyclononane is the aza-crown ether with the formula (CH2CH2NCH3)3. This colorless liquid is the N-methylated derivative of triazacyclononane (TACN), a face-capping tridentate ligand that is popular in coordination chemistry.

Although TACN is known for forming 2:1 "sandwich" complexes with many metal ions,[1] corresponding 2:1 complexes of Me3TACN are only known for Ag+,[2] Na+,[3] and K+.[4] This effect is mainly due to the greater bulk of Me3TACN, which requires ions with a larger ionic radius to accommodate two ligands.

Several related derivatives have been prepared with diverse substituents on nitrogen.[5][6]

Generic octahedral metal complex of Me3TACN.


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  2. Stockheim, Claudia; Wieghardt, Karl; Nuber, Bernhard; Weiss, Johannes; Flöurke, Ulrich; Haupt, Hans-Jürgen (1991). "Co-ordination chemistry of 1,4,7-triazacyclononane (L) and its N-methylated derivative (L) with silver( I ) and mercury( II ). The crystal structures of [AgL 2 PF 6 and [AgL(SCN)]"] (in en). J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans. (6): 1487–1490. doi:10.1039/DT9910001487. ISSN 0300-9246. 
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  5. Jason A. Halfen; William B. Tolman (1998). C2-Symmetric 1,4-Diisopropyl-7-R-1,4,7-Triazacyclononanes. Inorganic Syntheses. 32. pp. 75–81. doi:10.1002/9780470132630.ch12. ISBN 9780470132630. 
  6. Baker, M. V.; Brown, D. H.; Skelton, B. W.; White, A. H. (2002). "An Investigation into Alkenyl-Functionalized 1,4,7-Triazacyclononanes: Synthesis, Metal Complexation, and Attempted Olefin Metathesis". Australian Journal of Chemistry 55 (10): 655. doi:10.1071/CH02063.