Coordinative flexibility of the 2-amino-2-(hydroxymethyl)propane-1,3-diol ligand in the synthesis of polynuclear Fe(III) complexes

Alan Ferguson, Lynne H. Thomas, Mark Murrie

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Abstract

The synthesis, structure and magnetic properties of four polynuclear iron(III)-containing polynuclear complexes are reported, [Fe 6NaO 2(HL) 2(H 2L) 2(PhCO 2) 9]·2MeCN (1·2MeCN), [Fe 6NaO 2(HL) 2(H 2L) 2(O 2CCMe 3) 9]·2MeCN (2·2MeCN), [Fe 8O 4(HL) 2(O 2CC 6H 4OPh) 10(NO 3) 2]·6MeCN (3·6MeCN) and [Fe 12O 6(OH) 2(HL) 2(H 2L) 2(PhCO 2) 16(PhCO 2H) 2]·6MeCN (4·6MeCN) {H 3L = 2-amino-2-(hydroxymethyl)propane-1,3-diol, H 2NC(CH 2OH) 3 or Tris}. The flexibility of the ligand, in both binding mode and level of deprotonation, has allowed isolation of complexes with a range of core topologies. All four complexes were prepared using iron oxo-centred carboxylate (pivalate, benzoate or 2-phenoxybenzoate) triangles {Fe 3O(O 2CR) 6} 0/+1 as starting materials and combining these with the Tris ligand or the trisodium salt of the ligand. The cores of complexes 1 and 2 are composed of {Fe 3O} units; 3 of {Fe 4O 2} units and 4 of fused {Fe 3O} units. Complexes 1 and 2 display a previously unseen core topology in iron-oxo chemistry. The magnetic properties of the complexes are dominated by antiferromagnetic exchange interactions. Magnetic characterization reveals small non-zero spin ground states for 1, 2 and 4 that are not well isolated, while 3 has a spin ground state of zero.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-233
JournalPolyhedron
Volume52
Early online date4 Oct 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2013

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