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In situ synthesis of 5-substituted-tetrazoles and metallosupramolecular co-ordination polymers

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A series of metal–organic supramolecular co-ordination polymers [Zn(HPO4)(Hpytz)] (1), [Cd(Hpytz)2(H2PO4)2(H2O)2] (2), [Zn(pytz)2(H2O)4]·2H2O (3) [pytz = 5-(4-pyridyl)tetrazolate], [M(tzpyo)2(H2O)4] [M = Zn (4), Ni (5)] [tzpyo = 4-tetrazolate-pyridine N-oxide] incorporating tetrazolyl ligands have been synthesized via in situ [2 + 3] cycloaddition reactions of 4-cyanopyridine, 4-cyanopyridine N-oxide with sodium azide in the presence of zinc, cadmium or nickel salts under hydrothermal reaction conditions at 130–160 °C. Use of higher temperatures leads to hydrolysis of nitriles to carboxylates and subsequently to decarboxylation, resulting in two unexpected byproducts, [inaH]+(NO3) (6) [ina = isonicotinic acid] and [(4,4′-bipyH2)(H2PO4)2(H2O)2] (7). Single crystal X-ray structure analyses of 1 and 2, prepared under hydrothermal conditions in the presence of H3PO4, reveal κ1-co-ordination of the N-donor at the 2-position of the tetrazolyl ligands binding in a TZ-mode. The pyridyl N-centres in 1 and 2 are protonated resulting in the formation of Npy–H⋯O hydrogen-bonds within the solid-state structures. In the absence of H3PO4 similar hydrothermal reactions afforded 3, in which the pyridyl group is directly bound to Zn(II) and tetrazolate-ring is unco-ordinated (PY-mode). Single crystal X-ray structures of 4 and 5 show a TZ-binding mode analogous to that for 1 and 2, with the pyridyl N-oxide moiety forming hydrogen-bonds with co-ordinated water molecules to give supramolecular pillar-layered frameworks. Complex 2 exhibits a distorted 6-connected α-Po net of 412·63 topology; 3 possesses an attractive 3D (4,5,10)-connected trinary (3·42·53)2(3·44·54·6)4(32·48·514.612·77·82) net, while the isostructural complexes 4 and 5 show 3D (4,8)-connected layer-pillared network structures with a unique (46)2(412·612·84) topology. In 6, all hydrogen atoms of inaH+ cations are involved in the formation of hydrogen-bonds with either nitrate or other inaH+ cations resulting in a 2D (4,6)-connected binary net with (32·42·52)(34·44·54·63) topology. In 7, the dihydrogenphosphate anions are arranged viahydrogen-bonds into an unusual (4,4) grid-type sheet, and these layers are further pillared by organobipyridine cations to form a 3D open framework with channels occupied by helical chains of water dimers. The thermal stability of these metal-tetrazolate complexes has been studied by TGA and powder X-ray diffraction, and the effect of proton source (H3PO4) on the co-ordination mode of these tetrazolyl ligands is discussed.

Graphical abstract: In situ synthesis of 5-substituted-tetrazoles and metallosupramolecular co-ordination polymers

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20 May 2008
12 Aug 2008
First published
14 Oct 2008

CrystEngComm, 2009,11, 67-81
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In situ synthesis of 5-substituted-tetrazoles and metallosupramolecular co-ordination polymers

W. Yang, X. Lin, A. J. Blake, C. Wilson, P. Hubberstey, N. R. Champness and M. Schröder, CrystEngComm, 2009, 11, 67
DOI: 10.1039/B808496C

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