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From Mononuclear Compounds to [2 × 2] Metallogrids: Ferromagnetically Coupled Systems Built by Nickel(II) and 3,6-Bis(2′-pyridyl)pyridazine (dppn)

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posted on 2020-09-03, 18:14 authored by Rosaria Bruno, Nadia Marino, Joan Cano, Alejandro Pascual Alvarez, Abdeslem Ben Tama, Francesc Lloret, Miguel Julve, Giovanni De Munno
Mono-, di-, tri-, and tetranuclear compounds of nickel­(II) of formula [Ni­(dppn)3]­(NCS)2·0.5dppn (1), [{Ni­(dppn)­(NCS)}2(μ-dppn)­(μ-NCS)]­NCS (2), [Ni3(dppn)2(N3)2(μ-dppn)2(μ-N3)2]­(ClO4)2·CH3CH2OH·2H2O (3), and [Ni4(μ-dppn)4(μ-N3)4]­Cl4·5H2O (4) [dppn = 3,6-bis­(2′-pyridyl)­pyridazine] have been prepared and their structures determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. Compound 1 is made up of mononuclear tris-chelated [Ni­(dppn)3]2+ units, thiocyanate counterions, and dppn molecules of crystallization. 2 contains cationic dinuclear units, the six coordination around each metal center being achieved with a pyridazine-dppn and one end-on thiocyanate nitrogen as bridges, a didentate dppn ligand and a terminally bound N-thiocyanate. The electroneutrality in 2 is reached by free thiocyanato anions. 3 contains bent trinuclear cationic units where all nickel­(II) ions exhibit a NiN6 chromophore with two bridging bis-didentate dppn and two end-on azide groups connecting the metal centers. Didentate dppn and monodentate azide ligands complete the six coordination at the peripheral nickel­(II) ions. The charge in 3 is counterbalanced by perchlorate anions and ethanol and water molecules of crystallization are also present. 4 exhibits a [2 × 2] grid-type of nickel­(II) ions where each pair of metal atoms are connected across a pyridazine-dppn fragment and one end-on azido group. Free chloride anions neutralize the positive charge of the grid and water molecules of crystallization are also present. Cryomagnetic susceptibility measurements on crushed crystals of 14, in the temperature range 1.9–300 K, reveal the occurrence of a Curie law for 1 and overall ferromagnetic behavior for 24 [J = +4.52(2) (2), +1.32(1) (3), and +10.50(2) and +9.10(2) cm–1 (4)]. The dominant ferromagnetic contribution across the single end-on thiocyanato (2) or azido bridges (3 and 4) versus the antiferromagnetic one through the pyridazine (24) is at the origin of this behavior. The values of the intramolecular ferromagnetic interactions in 3 and 4 were substantiated by DFT-type calculations. No ac signals were observed for 24 either in the lack of or under nonzero applied dc fields.