A coordinatively flexible hexadentate ligand gives structurally isomeric complexes M-2(L)X-3 (M = Cu, Zn; X = Br, Cl)

Christina Wegeberg, Vickie McKee*, Christine J. McKenzie

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Polypyridyl multidentate ligands based on ethylenediamine backbones are important metal-binding agents with applications in biomimetics and homogeneous catalysis. The seemingly hexadentate tpena ligand [systematic name: N,N,N'-tris(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)ethylenediamine-N'-acetate] reacts with zinc chloride and zinc bromide to form trichlorido[mu-N,N,N'-tris(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)ethylenediamine-N'-acetato]dizinc(II), [Zn-2(C22H24N5O2)Cl-3], and tribromido[mu-N,N,N'-tris(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)ethylenediamine-N'-acetato]dizinc(II), [Zn2Br3(C22H24N5O2)]. One Zn-II ion shows the anticipated N5O coordination in an irregular six-coordinate site and is linked by an anti carboxylate bridge to a tetrahedral ZnX3 (X = Cl or Br) unit. In contrast, the Cu-II ions in aquatribromido[mu-N,N,N'-tris(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)ethylenediamine-N'-acetato]dicopper(II)-tribromido[mu-N,N,N'-tris(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)ethylenediamine-N'-acetato]dicopper(II)-water (1/1/6.5) [Cu2Br3(C22H24N5O2)][Cu2Br3(C22H24N5O2)(H2O)]center dot 6.5H(2)O, occupy two tpena-chelated sites, one a trigonal bipyramidal N3Cl2 site and the other a square-planar N2OCl site. In all three cases, electrospray ionization mass spectra were dominated by a misleading ion assignable to [M(tpena)](+) (M = Zn2+ and Cu2+).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-74
JournalActa crystallographica section c-Structural chemistry
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2016


  • tpena
  • structural isomery
  • hexadentate ligand
  • crystal structure
  • copper
  • zinc
  • ESI mass spectrometry
  • polypyridyl ligands
  • ethylenediamine backbone
  • biomimetics
  • homogeneous catalysis

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