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Organic Chemistry, Inorganic and nuclear chemistry

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Polyhedron, Volume 33, Issue 1, 9 February 2012, Pages 289–296.


The reaction of 2-(2H-tetrazol-5-yl)pyridine (L1) with 1,6-dibromohexane results in formation of the isomers 2-(6′′-bromohexyl-(1-tetrazol-5-yl)pyridine (L2) and 2-(6′′-bromohexyl-(2-tetrazol-5-yl)pyridine (L3). Coordination reactions of L2 and L3 with CuCl2·2H2O, Co(SCN)2 and Fe(ClO4)2·H2O yielded the strongly coloured solids [Cu(II)(L2)Cl2]2 (1), [Cu(II)(L3)Cl2]2 (2), [Co(II)(L2)2(NCS)2] (3), [Co(II)(L3)2(NCS)2] (4), [Fe(II)(L2)2(H2O)2](ClO4)2 (5) and [Fe(II)(L3)2(H2O)2](ClO4)2 (6), containing high-spin metal centres for the Co(II) and Fe(II) compounds. X-ray crystal structures were obtained for complexes 15. In each complex, ligands L2 and L3 coordinate to the metal centre through the pyridyl N atom and the 1-N site of the tetrazole ring, and the pyridyl-tetrazole ligand remains planar in all cases except 3. Complexes 1 and 2 comprise a central Cu2Cl2 dimeric core with Cu(II) in an essentially square-pyramidal coordination environment. Complexes 3 and 4 contain Co(II) in a distorted octahedral coordination environment. In 3, the pyridyl and tetrazole rings of L2 are twisted with respect to each other and the complex adopts a puckered conformation in its equatorial plane. Complex 5 contains water molecules coordinated to Fe(II) in the axial sites, which form hydrogen bonds to the perchlorate counter anions.


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