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Thiocyanate and Dicyanamide Anion Controlled Nuclearity in Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn Metal Complexes with Hemilabile Ligand 2-Benzoylpyridine

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posted on 06.07.2011, 00:00 by Totan Ghosh, Tanmay Chattopadhyay, Sudhanshu Das, Sandip Mondal, Eringathodi Suresh, Ennio Zangrando, Debasis Das
Two pseudohalides thiocyanate and dicyanamide have been employed to synthesize complexes of MnII, CoII, NiII, CuII, and ZnII in the presence of a hemilabile ligand 2-benzoylpyridine (Phpyk). With thiocyanate all the aforesaid metal ions (except for CoII, of which suitable single crystals for X-ray analysis were not obtained) produce mononuclear complexes having general composition of [MII(NCS)2(Phpyk)2]. The structure determination reveals that Mn and Zn complexes (1, 4) are isomorphous and isostructural (crystallizing in space group C2/c), while Ni and Cu complexes (2, 3) crystallize in space groups P1̅ and P21/n, respectively. Interestingly, no complex has been obtained with a configuration having the N of one Phpyk trans to the O of the other chelating ligand and among the four complexes only in complex 3 the two thiocyanato ligands are in trans-configuration. On the other hand, complexes 58 are isomorphous and crystallize in orthorhombic chiral space group P212121. The bridging mode of dicyanamide anions helps to generate a three-dimensional covalently bonded polymeric network of 66 topology for all the polynuclear complexes. By using 8 as sole precursor, we have pyrolytically synthesized triangular shaped ZnO nanoparticles.