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Copper(II) Acetate/Bis(4-pyridylthio)methane System: Synthesis, Structural Diversity, and Single-Crystal to Single-Crystal Transformation

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posted on 04.06.2014 by Ana Belén Lago, Rosa Carballo, Sabina Rodríguez-Hermida, Ezequiel M. Vázquez-López
Four new coordination compounds have been obtained by the reaction of copper­(II) acetate with SCS [bis­(4-pyridylthio)­methane], namely, [Cu2(AcO)4(SCS)] (1), [Cu2(AcO)4(SCS)]·solv (2), [Cu4(AcO)8(SCS)5(H2O)6]·4H2O (3), and [Cu4(OH)2(AcO)6(SCS)2]·10H2O (4). Structural diversity is achieved by the copper acetate moiety in combination with the flexibility of the SCS ligand. X-ray structural analysis revealed that the compounds have different structural motifs: linear chains in 1, zigzag chains in 2, undulated tetramers in 3, and ladder-like chains in 4. The structures are further connected through hydrogen-bonding interactions with trapped solvent molecules in the crystal lattices (24). Guest molecules have a decisive influence on the final crystal system for 24. Compound 2 exhibits a temperature-induced single-crystal to single-crystal (SC–SC) transformation, and phase transitions from 2 and 3 to 1 have been found in an irreversible desolvation or recrystallization process.