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Intramolecular hydrogen bonding stabilizes the nuclearity of complexes. A comparative study based on the H-carborane and Me-carborane framework

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New dinuclear carboranylcarboxylate-bridged and mononuclear copper(II) compounds containing the 1-CO2H-2-H-1,2-closo-C2B10H10 carborane ligand (LH) have been synthesized from the previously synthesized dinuclear compound [Cu2(μ-L)4(THF)2], 1. Reaction of LH with CuSO4 in THF leads to the dinuclear compound [Cu2(μ-L)4(THF)2], 1. The reaction of 1 with different terminal pyridyl ligands leads to the formation of a series of structurally analogous complexes by substitution of the terminal ligand THF (Lt = py, 2; p-CF3-py, 3; p-CH3-py, 4), which maintain the structural Cu2(μ-O2CR)4 core in most of the cases except for o-(CH3)2-py where a mononuclear compound (5) is exclusively obtained. In the case of 2 and 4, other dinuclear compounds [Cu2(L)4(Lt)4], 2′ and 4′ are obtained in lower yield. These compounds have been characterized using analytical, spectroscopic (NMR, IR, UV-visible) and electrochemical techniques (CV, DPV). X-ray analysis revealed a paddle-wheel structure for the main dinuclear compounds with a square-pyramidal geometry around each copper ion and the carboranylcarboxylate ions bridging two copper atoms in synsyn mode. In the case of 2′ and 4′ there are two carboranylcarboxylate ions bridging the copper atoms in synanti mode whereas the other two adopt a monodentate coordination mode. The mononuclear complex obtained with the o-(CH3)-py ligand presents a square-planar structure, in which the carboranylcarboxylate ligand adoptsmonodentate coordination. The effect of the substituent group on the cluster of the carboranylcarboxylate ligands on the reactivity of compound 1 is also discussed.

Graphical abstract: Intramolecular hydrogen bonding stabilizes the nuclearity of complexes. A comparative study based on the H-carborane and Me-carborane framework

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The article was received on 21 Jan 2015, accepted on 23 Apr 2015 and first published on 30 Apr 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT00305A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2015,44, 10399-10409
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    Intramolecular hydrogen bonding stabilizes the nuclearity of complexes. A comparative study based on the H-carborane and Me-carborane framework

    M. Fontanet, M. Rodríguez, X. Fontrodona, I. Romero, C. Viñas and F. Teixidor, Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 10399
    DOI: 10.1039/C5DT00305A

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