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Dalton Trans. 2009 Jul 21;(27):5290-9. doi: 10.1039/b902674f. Epub 2009 May 15.

Metal complexes with N-(2-pyridylmethyl)iminodiacetate: from discrete polynuclear compounds to 1D coordination polymers.

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  • 1School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi Normal University, Guilin, 541004, China.


The reactions of M(ClO(4))(2).6H(2)O (M = Mn(2+), Co(2+) and Ni(2+)) with N-(2-pyridylmethyl)-iminodiacetic acid (H(2)pmida) gave three discrete polynuclear complexes {Na[Mn(3)(pmida)(3)(H(2)O)(3)]}ClO(4) (), {Na[Co(3)(pmida)(3)(H(2)O)(3)](H(2)O)}ClO(4) () and [Co(H(2)O)(6)][Co(3)(pmida)(3)(H(2)O)(3)](2)(ClO(4))(2).4H(2)O () and two 1D polymers {[Co(pmida)(H(2)O)].H(2)O}(n) () and {[Ni(pmida)(H(2)O)].H(2)O}(n) (). All complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, infrared (IR) spectroscopy and single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Complexes and show similar structures with an unprecedented trinuclear unit [M(3)(pmida)(3)(H(2)O)(3)] in which the three six-coordinated divalent metal ions are joined by three coplanar syn-anti bridging carboxylate groups of three ligands into a closed planar twelve-membered ring with one Na(+) ion located on the C(3) axis. Complex possesses two kinds of coordination units: mononuclear cation [Co(H(2)O)(6)](2+) and trinuclear unit [Co(3)(pmida)(3)(H(2)O)(3)]. The Co(2+) and Ni(2+) ions in complexes and , respectively, present distorted octahedral geometries and are bridged by anti-anti bridging carboxylate groups of the ligands to form 1D chains. Compounds display a structure variation from discrete polynuclear to 1D coordination polymer along Mn(ii), Co(ii) to Ni(ii), and a dependence of the formation of discrete compound or coordination polymer on the identity of the metal ion. The magnetic investigations of were also carried out. The negative Weiss constants and coupling constants obtained from two kinds of fitting models indicate the presence of dominant antiferromagnetic exchanges mediated by the syn-anti bridging carboxylate groups between the metal centers of three compounds.

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