Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 31, 2017
Previous Article Next Article

Interaction between aromatic rings as organizing tools and semi-coordination in Cu(II) compounds

Author affiliations

Abstract

In this paper, we present the use of the interaction between aromatic rings—usually called π–π interaction—as the main tool in the organization of coordination complexes in a crystal. To do so, we selected coordination compounds with aromatic rings pointing outside the molecules to favor their self-assembly through these interactions. Here, we report the molecular and crystal structures of three Cu(II) complexes: [Cu2(terpy)2(bz)2](ClO4)2 (1), [Cu2(terpy)2(tfipth)2] (2) and [Cu4(terpy)4(tfipth)2(ClO4)2](ClO4)2 (3), where terpy = 2,2′:6′,2′′ terpyridine, bz = benzoate and tfipth = tetrafluoro-isophthalate. In the three crystals, the interaction between aromatic rings organizes molecules in chains that closely pack with disordered anions or water molecules located in the space between the chains. A study of the Crystal Structure Database (CSD) indicates that the main interaction in terpy molecules is between a lateral ring and the central ring of different molecules and when terpy molecules point in opposite directions, they tend to form chains, suggesting that these interactions can be used as a design tool. The metal complexes were designed to obtain a square pyramidal structure around the metal ion, but we observed a contact between the non-coordinated O (carboxylate) and the Cu(II) ion. We studied the presence of this interaction and its nature with computational chemistry.

Graphical abstract: Interaction between aromatic rings as organizing tools and semi-coordination in Cu(ii) compounds

Back to tab navigation

Supplementary files

Publication details

The article was received on 08 May 2017, accepted on 02 Jul 2017 and first published on 03 Jul 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CE00871F
Citation: CrystEngComm, 2017,19, 4595-4604
  •   Request permissions

    Interaction between aromatic rings as organizing tools and semi-coordination in Cu(II) compounds

    S. Martínez-Vargas, A. Dorazco-González, S. Hernández-Ortega, R. A. Toscano, J. E. Barquera-Lozada and J. Valdés-Martínez, CrystEngComm, 2017, 19, 4595
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CE00871F

Search articles by author

Spotlight

Advertisements