Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 44, 2011
Previous Article Next Article

Ferromagnetic heterotrinuclear Cu–Ni complexes of a compartmental chiral Schiff base

Author affiliations

Abstract

Nickel(II) and copper(II) acetate react with the trinucleating compartmental Schiff base H4L (H4L = 6,6′-(E)-3,3′-(ethane-1,2-diyl)bis(1-(2-((E)-3-bromo-5-chloro-2-hydroxybenzylideneamino)ethyl)imidazolidine-3,2-diyl)bis(2-bromo-4-chlorophenol)) to produce the heterotrinuclear complexes [Ni2CuL(OAc)2]·0.25H2O·2.5MeOH (1·0.25H2O·2.5MeOH) and [NiCu2L(OAc)2]·3.25H2O·0.5MeOH (2·3.25H2O·0.5MeOH) as a function of the Ni(OAc)2 : Cu(OAc)2 molar ratio. The crystal structures of H4L, 1·0.25H2O·2.5MeOH and 2·3.25H2O·0.5MeOH could be solved. The free ligand presents two stereogenic methine groups on the imidazolidine heterocycles. X-Ray diffraction studies on H4L determined that the solved crystal structure corresponds to a racemate formed by the (2R,2′R) and (2S,2′S) enantiomers, without detecting the (2R,2′S) diastereoisomer. The crystal structures of both heterotrinuclear complexes reveal that NiII has a preference for the central ligand pocket, showing that this cavity discriminates between NiII and CuII when both species are present in the reaction medium. These results are validated by DFT calculations. As a consequence of the coordination, 1·0.25H2O·2.5MeOH and 2·3.25H2O·0.5MeOH are also chiral, but crystallise as racemates. In addition to their asymmetric methine groups, these complexes present four other stereogenic centres: the four coordinated imidazolidineN atoms. The luminescent properties of the ligand and both complexes were analysed, showing that the presence of the metals partially inhibits the emission of the ligand and apparently tunes the position of the secondary fluorescence emission band. The magnetic characterisation of 1·0.25H2O·2.5MeOH and 2·3.25H2O·0.5MeOH was also performed, showing the ferromagnetic behaviour of both complexes.

Graphical abstract: Ferromagnetic heterotrinuclear Cu–Ni complexes of a compartmental chiral Schiff base

Back to tab navigation

Supplementary files

Publication details

The article was received on 12 May 2011, accepted on 02 Sep 2011 and first published on 03 Oct 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1DT10897B
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2011,40, 11770-11780
  •   Request permissions

    Ferromagnetic heterotrinuclear Cu–Ni complexes of a compartmental chiral Schiff base

    M. Fondo, N. Ocampo, A. M. García-Deibe, I. García-Santos, J. Sanmartín, A. J. Mota and J. L. Pérez-Lustres, Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 11770
    DOI: 10.1039/C1DT10897B

Search articles by author

Spotlight

Advertisements