Syntheses and crystal structures of (CuBiIII)-Bi-II, (CuBaCuII)-Ba-II-Cu-II, [(CuPbII)-Pb-II](2) and cocrystallized ((UO2)-O-VI)(2 center dot)4Cu(II) complexes: structural diversity of the coordination compounds derived from N,N '-ethylenebis(3-ethoxysalicylaldiimine)

Susanta Hazra, Sujit Sasmal, Malabika Nayak, Hazel A. Sparkes, Judith A. K. Howard, Sasankasekhar Mohanta*

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Syntheses, characterization and structures of heterodinuclear compound [(CuLBiIII)-L-II-Bi-1(NO3)(3)] (1), sandwich type heterotrinuclear compound [((CuL1)-L-II)(2)Ba-II(NO3)(2)]center dot 0.2H(2)O (2), heterotetranuclear compound [{(CuLPbII)-L-II-Pb-1(mu-NO3)(NO3)}(2)] (3) and heterohexanuclear [2 x 1 + 1 x 4] cocrystal [((UO2)-O-VI)(2)(mu-H2O)(2)(NO3)(4)]center dot 4[(CuL1)-L-II subset of(H2O)] (4) are described in this investigation (H2L1 = N, N'-ethylenebis(3-ethoxysalicylaldiimine)). Compounds 1 and 4 crystallize in orthorhombic P2(1)2(1)2(1) and triclinic P-(1) over bar systems, respectively, while the space group of compounds 2 and 3 is monoclinic P2(1)/c. The structure of 1 consists of a diphenoxo-bridged (CuBiIII)-Bi-II dinuclear core containing three chelating nitrates and a 10-coordinate bismuth(III) centre. The dinuclear cores are self-assembled to two dimensions through intermolecular nitrate oxygen center dot center dot center dot copper(II) semicoordination and weak C-H center dot center dot center dot O hydrogen bonds. Compound 2 is a double-decker (CuBaCuII)-Ba-II-Cu-II system in which a barium(II) ion is sandwiched between two mononuclear [(CuL1)-L-II] moieties. The barium(II) centre is 11-coordinate, four phenoxo and four ethoxy oxygen atoms and one chelating and one monodentate nitrate ions. Compound 3 is a tetranuclear system (dimer of two dinuclear moieties) in which one nitrate is chelating, while the second nitrate behaves as both a chelating and bridging ligand. The lead(II) centre is 9-coordinate in this compound. Compound 4 is a [2 x 1 + 1 x 4] cocrystal of one diaqua-bridged diuranyl(VI) moiety, containing two chelating nitrates and 8-coordinated hexagonal bipyramidal uranium(VI) centres and four inclusion species [(CuL1)-L-II subset of(H2O)]. The governing factor for the self-assembled cocrystallization in 4 are the C-H center dot center dot center dot pi and C-H center dot center dot center dot O hydrogen bonds. The compounds reported in this investigation and other heteronuclear systems derived from N, N'-ethylenebis(3-ethoxysalicylaldiimine) indicate that this ligand system is an important example which gives rise to structurally diverse heteronuclear compounds. In addition to the structural diversity, the structural resemblance of bismuth(III) with lanthanides(III) and utilization of noncovalent interactions to form self-assembly and cocrystals are the major outcomes of the present investigations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-477
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010



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