Synthesis, X-ray crystal structure, and electrochemistry of copper(II) complexes of a new tridentate unsymmetrical Schiff base ligand and its hydrolytically rearranged isomer
Journal article, 2012
A new unsymmetrical Schiff base ligand HL1, HBacabza, and its copper(II) complexes [Cu2L21(OAc)(2)] (1) and [Cu2L22(N-3)(2)]center dot 2H(2)O (2) with HBacabza = 3-(2- aminobenzylimino)-1-phenylbutan-1-one as HL1 and its hydrolytically rearranged isomer 3-(2-aminomethylphenyleneimino)-1-phenylbutan-1-one as HL2, have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analyses and spectroscopic methods. The rearrangement of HL1 to HL2 occurs in a hydrolysis-recondensation process in the reaction of HL1 with Cu(ClO4)(2)center dot 6H(2)O and NaN3. The crystal structures of the ligand and its complexes have been determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The deprotonated Bacabza coordinates to the metal center as a tridentate ligand. The acetate anion coordinates through one oxygen atom in complex 1 leading to a mono-atomic acetate oxygen-bridging dimeric copper(II) complex. Similarly, the azide anion coordinates through one nitrogen atom in complex 2 leading to a mono-atomic azide nitrogen-bridging dimeric copper(II) complex. The copper(II) ions adopt a distorted square pyramidal (4 + 1) coordination in these two complexes. The cyclic voltammetric studies of these complexes in N, N-dimethylformamide indicate that the reduction process corresponding to Cu-II/Cu-I is electrochemically irreversible in complex 1, presumably due to the structural changes during the course of redox reaction, and quasi-reversible in complex 2.
Unsymmetrical Schiff base