Dicopper(II,II) and dicopper(I,II) complexes of a series of dinucleating macrocycles

Hisashi Okawa, Makoto Tadokoro, Yuichiro Aratake, Masaaki Ohba, Kenji Shindo, Minoru Mitsumi, Masayuki Koikawa, Mie Tomono, David E. Fenton

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The dinucleating macrocycles H2Lm,n containing two 2,6-di(aminomethyl)-4-methylphenol entities combined through two alkane chains, (CH2)m and (CH2)n, at the amine nitrogens have been prepared for the (m,n) sets (2,3), (2,4), (2,5), (3,3) and (3,4). The dinuclear copper(II) complexes having general formula [Cu2Lm,n][ClO4]2 have been prepared. Cryomagnetic investigations (80-300 K) reveal a strong antiferromagnetic spin-exchange between the copper(II) ions within each complex (J based on ℋ = -2JS1S2 in the range -345 to -255 cm-1). The cyclic voltammograms show two reduction couples, CuIICuII-CuICuII and CuICuII-CuICuI. The comproportionation constants Kcom for the mixed-valence CuICuII complexes have been determined electrochemically. The Kcom value increase in the order of the macrocycles (L2,3)2- < (L2,4)2- < (L2,5)2- and (L3,3)2- < (L3,4)2-. The CuICuII mixed-valence state is shown to be 'spin-trapped' (Class I) for all the complexes based on ESR spectra.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-258
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry


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