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Structural Characterization and Electronic Properties Determination by High-Field and High-Frequency EPR of a Series of Five-Coordinated Mn(II) Complexes

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posted on 2004-10-04, 00:00 authored by Claire Mantel, Carole Baffert, Isabel Romero, Alain Deronzier, Jacques Pécaut, Marie-Noëlle Collomb, Carole Duboc
The isolation, structural characterization, and electronic properties of a series of high-spin mononuclear five-coordinated Mn(II) complexes, [Mn(terpy)(X)2] (terpy = 2, 2‘:6‘,2‘ ‘-terpyridine; X = I- (1), Br- (2), Cl- (3), or SCN- (4)), are reported. The X-ray structures of the complexes reveal that the manganese ion lies in the center of a distorted trigonal bipyramid for complexes 1, 2, and 4, while complex 3 is better described as a distorted square pyramid. The electronic properties of 14 were investigated by high-field and high-frequency EPR spectroscopy (HF-EPR) performed between 5 and 30 K. The powder HF-EPR spectra have been recorded in high-field-limit conditions (95−285 GHz) (D gβB). The spectra are thus simplified, allowing an easy interpretation of the experimental data and an accurate determination of the spin Hamiltonian parameters. The magnitude of D varies between 0.26 and 1.00 cm-1 with the nature of the anionic ligand. Thanks to low-temperature EPR experiments, the sign of D was unambiguously determined. D is positive for the iodo and bromo complexes and negative for the chloro and thiocyano ones. A structural correlation is proposed. Each complex is characterized by a significant rhombicity with E/D values between 0.17 and 0.29, reflecting the distorted geometry observed around the manganese. Finally, we compared the spin Hamiltonian parameters of our five-coordinated complexes and those previously reported for other analogous series of dihalo four- and six-coordinated complexes. The effect of the coordination number and of the geometry of the Mn(II) complexes on the spin Hamiltonian parameters is discussed.