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Tetracarboxylate Ligands as New Chelates Supporting Copper(II) Paddlewheel-Like Structures

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Gomila Antoine, Duval Sylvain, Besnard Céline, Krämer Karl W., Liu Shi-Xia, Decurtins Silvio, Williams Alan F.,
Project Dimensional and Anisotropy Control of Model Quantum Magnets
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Inorganic Chemistry
Volume (Issue) 53(5)
Page(s) 2683 - 2691
Title of proceedings Inorganic Chemistry
DOI 10.1021/ic403077q

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Type of Open Access Repository (Green Open Access)


Two new ligands N,N,N′,N′-tetrakis(2-methylbenzoic acid)-1,4-diaminomethylbenzene, 5H4, and N,N,N′,N′-tetrakis(2-methylbenzoic acid)-4,4′-diaminomethyldiphenyl, 6H4, carrying four carboxylate groups suitable for bridging dinuclear centers have been prepared and their paddlewheel complexes with copper(II) prepared. The phenyl-bridged ligand 5H4 gives a cyclic octanuclear species [(Cu2)4(5)4], while the diphenyl-bridged ligand 6H4 gives a lantern-like tetranuclear species [(Cu2)2(6)2]; both were characterized by X-ray crystallography. If the amine functions of 5 are protonated, intramolecular hydrogen bonds position the four carboxylates in such a way as to allow formation of the unusual compound [Cu4(5H2)2Cl]3+ in which a Cu4 square centered by a chloro ligand is sandwiched between two (5H2)2− ligands. The magnetic properties of this compound have been studied and show antiferromagnetic coupling between adjacent coppers (J = −33.7 cm−1).