An unusual linker and an unexpected node: CaCl2 dumbbells linked by proline to form square lattice networks†
Four new structures based on CaCl2 and proline are reported, all with an unusual Cl–Ca–Cl moiety. Depending on the stoichiometry and the chirality of the amino acid, this metal dihalide fragment represents the core of a mononuclear Ca complex or may be linked by the carboxylate to form extended structures. A cisoid coordination of the halide atoms at the calcium cation is encountered in a chain polymer. In the 2D structures, CaCl2 dumbbells act as nodes and are crosslinked by either enantiomerically pure or racemic proline to form square lattice nets. Extensive database searches and topology tests prove that this structure type is rare for MCl2 dumbbells in general and unprecedented for Ca compounds.