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Supramolecular self-assembly and anion-dependence of copper(II) complexes with cationic dihydro-imidazo phenanthridinium (DIP)-containing ligands

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We present two new ligands, 2,3-dihydro-1-(2-pyridyl-methyl)-imidazo[1,2-f]phenanthridinium bromide (L1·Br) and 2,3-dihydro-1-(4-pyridyl-methyl)-imidazo[1,2-f]phenanthridinium bromide (L2·Br), which have been synthesized and fully characterized as coordinating cations. The reactions of Cu(BF4)2 (compound 1), Cu(NO3)2 (compound 2), CuBr2 (compound 3), Cu(NO3)2 and NaN3 (compound 4), Cu(NO3)2 and NaSCN (compound 5) with L1·Br and CuBr2 with L2·Br (compound 6) have been carried out. The crystal structures of the resulting metal–organic assemblies have been determined and the intermolecular interactions of the compounds in the crystalline phase have been analysed. A mononuclear copper(II) compound has been obtained with CuBr2, in which the copper(II) ion adopts a tetrahedral geometry with a CuNBr3 coordination motif. With Cu(BF4)2, two L1+ cations and two bromide anions chelate the copper ion giving a CuN2Br2 motif, while the BF4 is present as a non-coordinating counterion. With Cu(NO3)2, a five coordinated copper complex is obtained whereas when bridging ligands such as NaN3 and NaSCN are added into the reaction mixture of L1·Br and Cu(NO3)2, two novel dinuclear copper coordination cores of [Cu21,1-N3)2(N3)4]2− and Cu(CH3O)2(SCN)4]2− form. The presence of the large heteroaromatic cationic DIP moiety within the ligand system leads to the formation of 1-, 2- and 3-D supramolecular arrays based on the interactions of the π systems between adjacent molecules.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular self-assembly and anion-dependence of copper(II) complexes with cationic dihydro-imidazo phenanthridinium (DIP)-containing ligands

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The article was received on 14 Feb 2008, accepted on 09 May 2008 and first published on 27 Jun 2008


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B802541J
Citation: CrystEngComm, 2008,10, 1243-1251
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    Supramolecular self-assembly and anion-dependence of copper(II) complexes with cationic dihydro-imidazo phenanthridinium (DIP)-containing ligands

    Y. Song, P. J. Kitson, D. Long, A. D. C. Parenty, R. J. Thatcher and L. Cronin, CrystEngComm, 2008, 10, 1243
    DOI: 10.1039/B802541J

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