Discrete and polymeric complexes formed from cobalt(ii), 4,4′-bipyridine and 2-sulfoterephthalate: Synthetic, crystallographic and magnetic studies

Amitabha Datta, Chiara Massera, Jack K. Clegg, Guillem Aromí, David Aguilà, Jui Hsien Huang, Sheng Jie Chuang

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A series of five coordination compounds, namely, {[Co3(stp)2(bipy)(H2O)4]·2H2O}n, (1), {[Co3(stp)2(bipy)5(H2O)6]·4H2O}n, (2), [Co3(stp)2(bipy)4(H2O)10]·8H2O, (3), [Co(Hstp)2(Hbipy)2], (4) and {[Co(stp)2(H2O)2][Co(bipy)2(H2O)4]}·2Hbipy·2H2O, (5) have been synthesised hydrothermally, through the reaction of different molar ratios of 2-sulfoterephthalic acid monosodium salt, Na(H2stp), cobalt(ii) nitrate hexahydrate and the N-donor ancillary co-ligand 4,4′-bipyridine (bipy). Due to the combination of the multiple potential coordination modes of the stp ligand and the bipy co-ligand, the products are structurally and topologically diverse with the connectivities of the materials dependent on the ratios of starting materials employed. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies show that compound 1 is a three-dimensional coordination polymer, compound 2 consists of infinite one-dimensional zig-zag chains, compound 3 is a discrete trinuclear complex, compound 4 is a discrete mononuclear complex and compound 5 is an ionic solid consisting of both cobalt containing cations and anions. Magnetic studies show that the Co(ii) ions in 1 are strongly coupled, while 2, 3 and 5 show insignificant coupling due to larger metal-metal separations. Modelling required the introduction of zero field splitting parameters due to orbital angular momentum contributions in these cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4502-4511
Number of pages10
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jun 28


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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