Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 2002, 67, 1647-1657

Syntheses and Characterization of Copper(II) and Cobalt(II) Complexes with Tris[2-(benzylamino)ethyl]amine

Yong-Shu Xiea,b, Hui Jianga,b, Xue-Ting Liub, Zhong-Yuan Zhouc, Qing-Liang Liub,* and Xiao-Long Xub

a State Key Laboratory of Fire Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, 230026, P. R. China
b Department of Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, 230026, P. R. China
c Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, P. R. China


Two mononuclear complexes [Cu(NCS)(trenb)]ClO4 (1) and [Co(NCS)(trenb)]Cl·H2O (2), where trenb is tris[2-(benzylamino)ethyl]amine, were prepared and characterized by elemental analysis, IR, electronic and EPR spectra. Their crystal structures were determined by X-ray diffraction. Complexes 1 and 2 are both five-coordinated with their metal centers in the distorted trigonal-bipyramidal environment. Each metal(II) ion coordinates with the tetradentate trenb, and one isothiocyanate anion. The two complexes are not isostructural as there are also a chloride and a water molecule in the asymmetric unit of 2. Besides balancing the charge, the chlorides are also involved in intramolecular and intermolecular hydrogen bonds with the secondary amine groups, resulting in a one-dimensional chain structure. UV-VIS spectrum and EPR measurement for 1 have unambiguously confirmed that the five-coordinated structure is retained in solution, even in the donating solvent such as DMF.

Keywords: Copper(II) complexes; Cobalt(II) complexes; Crystal structure determination; Tren derivative; Tripodal ligands; X-Ray diffraction.

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