The structures and properties of zinc(II) and cadmium(II) coordination polymers based on semi-rigid phenylenediacetate and 1,4-bis(2-methylimidazol-1-ylmethyl)benzene linkers

Güneş Günay Sezer, Mürsel Arıcı, Daniel Rixson, Andrew D. Burrows, Okan Zafer Yeşilel, Hakan Erer

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A systematic investigation into the reactions of o- and p-phenylenediacetic acid with zinc(II) and cadmium(II) salts in the presence of the semi-rigid 1,4-bis(2-methylimidazol-1-ylmethyl)benzene (pbmeix) co-ligand is reported. Five new coordination polymers – [Zn(μ-opda)(μ-pbmeix)0.5]n 1, {[Zn(μ-ppda)(μ-pbmeix)]·H2O}n 2, {[Zn(μ-ppda)(μ-pbmeix)]∙0.5pbmeix·H2O}n 3, {[Cd(μ-opda)(μ-pbmeix)]·0.5DMF}n 4 and [Cd(μ-ppda)(μ-pbmeix)0.5]n 5 (o/ppda = 1,2-/1,4-phenylenediacetate) – have been prepared and structurally characterised. Compounds 1 and 5 were found to form three-dimensional coordination networks, 2 forms a two-dimensional structure whereas both 3 and 4 form one-dimensional nanotubular structures. Compounds 1 and 4 are opda complexes in which the dicarboxylate shows a tridentate coordination mode in 1 and a tetradentate coordination mode in 4. Compounds 2, 3 and 5 are ppda complexes in which the dicarboxylate adopts bidentate (2, 3) and hexadentate (5) coordination modes. The structure of 2 contains interpenetrated 2D frameworks and is a polycatenane with ppda linkers from one framework passing through Zn2(μ-pbmeix)2 rings from a neighbouring framework. The thermal stability of complexes 1–4 and luminescence properties of complexes 1 and 4 are also reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-256
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
Early online date25 Sep 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


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  • 4-bis(2-methylimidazol-1-ylmethyl)benzene complexes
  • Cadmium(II) complexes
  • Coordination polymer
  • Phenylenediacetate complexes
  • Zinc(II) complexes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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