Synthesis and magnetic properties of tetrahedral tetranuclear iron(II) complexes with bis(bidentate)-type Schiff bases containing imidazole groups

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Abstract

Two new tetranuclear iron(II) complexes, [Fe4(H2LH)6](ClO4)8 (1ClO4: H2LH = N,N′-bis(imidazole-4-ylmethylidene)-1.4-diaminobenzene) and [Fe4(H2LMe)6](BF4)8 (2BF4: H2LMe = N,N′-bis(5-methylimidazole-4-ylmethylidene)-1.4-diaminobenzene), were synthesized from Fe(ClO4 or BF4)2·6H2O, 1.4-diaminobenzene and 4-formylimidazole or 5-methyl-4-formylimidazole. X-ray analysis revealed that these complexes have a tetrahedral structure with four iron(II) ions at the apexes and the bridging bis(bidentate) ligands on the edges. The internal space of the tetrahedron was filled with the phenylene segments of the bridging ligands. Magnetic susceptibility studies indicated that both 1ClO4 and 2BF4 showed gradual but incomplete spin-crossover (SCO) behavior, because the densely packed tetrahedral structure could prevent the contraction of the Fe–N bonds on the high-spin to low-spin transition.

Original languageEnglish
Article number119373
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Volume502
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2020

Keywords

  • Bis(bidentate)-type ligand
  • Hydrogen bonding network
  • Imidazole containing ligand
  • Iron(II) complexes
  • Tetrahedral tetranuclear complex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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