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Distortional isomerism with copper(I) complexes of 3,7-diazabicyclo[3.3.1]nonane derivatives

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Two structural forms of the tetradentate bispidine ligand (3,7-diazabicyclo[3.3.1]nonane, pyridine-substituted at C2 and C4), coordinated to CuI, are known: a pentacoordinate square pyramidal structure with an acetonitrile completing the coordination sphere, and a tetracoordinate distorted tetrahedral structure, where one of the pyridine groups is dissociated. Similar structures are observed in crystals of the CuI complexes of another tetradentate and two pentadentate bispidine ligands. The structural dynamics in the CuI coordination sphere of the four ligands are probed by 1H-NMR spectroscopy, supported by approximate density functional theory (DFT) calculations. DFT and NMR spectroscopy indicate that there is an additional isomeric form, and experimental as well as computational data lead to the conclusion that the potential energy surfaces are very flat with various shallow minima.

Graphical abstract: Distortional isomerism with copper(i) complexes of 3,7-diazabicyclo[3.3.1]nonane derivatives

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The article was received on 26 Jun 2008, accepted on 16 Sep 2008 and first published on 10 Nov 2008

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B810833A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2009,0, 362-367
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    Distortional isomerism with copper(I) complexes of 3,7-diazabicyclo[3.3.1]nonane derivatives

    K. Born, P. Comba, M. Kerscher, G. Linti, H. Pritzkow and H. Rohwer, Dalton Trans., 2009, 0, 362
    DOI: 10.1039/B810833A

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