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Halogen bonds in 2,5-dihalopyridine-copper(II) chloride complexes

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Ten coordination complexes obtained through a facile reaction between 2,5-dihalopyridines and copper(II) chloride (CuCl2) are characterized using single crystal X-ray diffraction. Two series of dihalopyridine complexes based on 2-chloro-5-X-pyridine and 2-bromo-5-X-pyridine (X = F, Cl, Br and I) were prepared to analyze the C–X2/X5⋯Cl–Cu halogen bonds (XB). The influence of X2- and X5-substituents on the respective interactions was examined by comparing them to the X2/X3⋯Cl–Cu XBs found in mono-substituted halopyridine complexes, (n-X-pyridine)2·CuCl2 (n = 2, 3 and X = Cl, Br and I). Varying the X5-halogens in (2,5-dihalopyridine)2·CuCl2, the C5–X5⋯Cl–Cu XBs follow the order F5 < Cl5 < Br5 < I5 for X2 = Cl and Cl5 < Br5 < I5 for X2 = Br. The C2–X2⋯Cl–Cu XB distances did not follow any particular trends, and are slightly longer compared to corresponding distances in (2-halopyridine)2·CuCl2 complexes due to the competition of X2 and X5-halogen based halogen bonds. The C3–X3⋯Cl–Cu contacts in (3-halopyridine)2·CuCl2 have RXB values > 1 and they cannot be considered as halogen bonds. This proves the polarization effect of X2- to X5- rather than X5- to X2-halogen, and the introduction of second halogen substituent in para-position to X5- triggers C2–X2⋯Cl–Cu and C5–X5⋯Cl–Cu XB interactions.

Graphical abstract: Halogen bonds in 2,5-dihalopyridine-copper(ii) chloride complexes

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The article was received on 08 Feb 2018, accepted on 02 Mar 2018 and first published on 02 Mar 2018

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8CE00209F
Citation: CrystEngComm, 2018,20, 1954-1959
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    Halogen bonds in 2,5-dihalopyridine-copper(II) chloride complexes

    R. Puttreddy, C. von Essen, A. Peuronen, M. Lahtinen and K. Rissanen, CrystEngComm, 2018, 20, 1954
    DOI: 10.1039/C8CE00209F

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