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All about that base: investigating the role of ligand basicity in pyridyl complexes derived from a copper-Schiff base coordination polymer

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Abstract

The role of ligand basicity in complex formation has been investigated using monodentate pyridyls or benzimidazole (mP) in combination with a solution-stable species derived form a coordination polymer, [Cu(L)] (where L = 2-(2-hydroxybenzylidene-amino)phenol). The 12 [Cu(L)(mP)n] complexes generated, combined with the {[Cu(L)]2(pP)} complexes from our previous work (where pP is a polypyridyl ligand), allow us to gauge the likelihood of complex formation based on the pKa of the conjugate acid of the pyridyl ligands and Hammett parameter, σ. Above pKa ≈ 4.5, complexes are formed where the only ligands are L2− and mP or pP and the packing interactions are predominantly van der Waals. Below this value, complex formation is unlikely unless there are additional oxygen ligands in the Jahn–Teller axis of the Cu(II) ion. The structures of two literature [Cu(L)(bP)] complexes, where bP is a chelating bidentate pyridyl ligand are also re-examined to resolve the positional disorder in the [Cu(L)] moiety.

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The article was received on 10 Apr 2019, accepted on 16 Jul 2019 and first published on 22 Jul 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C9DT01527B
Dalton Trans., 2019, Advance Article

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    All about that base: investigating the role of ligand basicity in pyridyl complexes derived from a copper-Schiff base coordination polymer

    S. V. F. Beddoe, R. F. Lonergan, M. B. Pitak, J. R. Price, S. J. Coles, J. A. Kitchen and T. D. Keene, Dalton Trans., 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9DT01527B

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