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Alteration of Molecular Conformations, Coordination Modes, and Architectures for a Novel 3,8-Diimidazol-1,10-phenanthroline Compound in the Construction of Cadmium(II) and Zinc(II) Homochiral Coordination Polymers Involving an Auxiliary Chiral Camphorate Ligand

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posted on 18.05.2009, 00:00 by Li Wang, Wei You, Wei Huang, Cheng Wang, Xiao-Zeng You
A novel 3,8-diimidazol-1,10-phen (phen = phenanthroline) compound has been prepared from the carbon−nitrogen bond cross-coupling reaction. X-ray structural studies for this compound and its dihydrate reveal they have different molecular conformations (Lb in 1 and Lc·2H2O in 2). Two cadmium(II) and one zinc(II) complexes of 3,8-diimidazol-1,10-phen, formulated as [Cd2(d-cam)2(La)2]·(H2O)6 (3), [Cd2(d-cam)2(La)(H2O)] (4), and [Zn2(d-cam)2(Lb)2]·(H2O)5 (5), have been obtained involving an auxiliary chiral ligand d-cam (a dianion of d-camphoric acid) where the 3,8-diimidazol-1,10-phen ligand shows different molecular conformations, coordination modes, and architectures. Furthermore, d-cam and 3,8-diimidazol-1,10-phen ligands exhibit different bridging fashions to construct a homochiral 2D coordination polymer 3 and two homochiral 3D coordination polymers 4 and 5. Density function theory computational studies on comparing the different molecular conformations of the 3,8-diimidazol-1,10-phen ligand as well as spectral, nonlinear optical, and thermal properties for related compounds before and after the metal-ion complexation have also been carried out.