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The influence of counter ion and ligand methyl substitution on the solid-state structures and photophysical properties of mercury(II) complexes with (E)-N-(pyridin-2-ylmethylidene)arylamines

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Ten neutral monomeric, dimeric and polymeric mercury(II) complexes of compositions HgX2L (3, 8), [HgX2L]2 (1, 2, 4–6 and 7), [Hg(NO3)2L]n (9) and {[Hg(N3)2L]2}n (10) where X = chloride, bromide, iodide, nitrate and azide, and L = (E)-N-(pyridin-2-ylmethylidene)arylamine, are described. Compounds 1–10 were characterized by elemental analyses, and IR and 1H NMR spectroscopic studies. The solution-state photophysical properties of the complexes are highly dependent on the anions as seen in the fluorescence emission features. Single-crystal X-ray crystallography showed that the molecular complexes can aggregate into larger entities depending upon the anion coordinated to the metal centre. Iodide gives discrete monomeric complexes, chloride and bromide generate binuclear complexes formed through Hg–X–Hg bridges, while nitrate and azide lead to 1D coordination polymers. The significant differences in the observed aggregation patterns of the compounds indicate that the anions exert a substantial influence on the formation of the compounds. A further influence upon supramolecular aggregation is the presence of methyl substituents in L3 and L4, which generally enhances the probability of forming supramolecular π⋯π interactions involving the five-membered C2N2Hg chelate rings in their crystal structures.

Graphical abstract: The influence of counter ion and ligand methyl substitution on the solid-state structures and photophysical properties of mercury(ii) complexes with (E)-N-(pyridin-2-ylmethylidene)arylamines

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The article was received on 28 Sep 2012, accepted on 30 Oct 2012 and first published on 31 Oct 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2DT32283H
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2013,42, 1905-1920
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    The influence of counter ion and ligand methyl substitution on the solid-state structures and photophysical properties of mercury(II) complexes with (E)-N-(pyridin-2-ylmethylidene)arylamines

    T. S. Basu Baul, S. Kundu, S. Mitra, H. Höpfl, E. R. T. Tiekink and A. Linden, Dalton Trans., 2013, 42, 1905
    DOI: 10.1039/C2DT32283H

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