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Inorganics 2018, 6(1), 8; doi:10.3390/inorganics6010008

Supramolecular Aggregation of a New Substituted Bis(salicylaldiminato)zinc(II) Schiff-Base Complex Derived from trans-1,2-Diaminocyclohexane

Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Università di Catania, I-95125 Catania, Italy
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Received: 1 December 2017 / Revised: 27 December 2017 / Accepted: 29 December 2017 / Published: 1 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Schiff-Base Metal Complexes)
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In this contribution is reported the synthesis, characterization, and aggregation properties in solution of a novel Zn(II) complex, (R)-2, derived from the enantiopure chiral trans-1,2-diaminocyclohexane and a substituted salicylaldehyde. Detailed 1H NMR, DOSY NMR, optical absorption, and circular dichroism spectroscopic studies and chemical evidence allowed to investigate the nature of aggregate species in solution. The high solubility of (R)-2 in solution of the non-coordinating chloroform solvent leads to formation of various aggregates, some of them consisting of large oligomers estimated to contain up to 27 monomeric units. The chiral trans-stereochemistry of the bridging diamine favors a different aggregation mode in these complexes, both in the oligomers and dimers, involving a tetrahedral coordination geometry around the metal center. Overall data suggest the formation of helical oligomers, (ZnL)n, in freshly prepared chloroform solutions which, by standing or heating, evolve towards a more thermodynamically stable, dinuclear double-helicate Zn2L2 dimer. View Full-Text
Keywords: zinc(II) complexes; Schiff-bases; molecular aggregation; chiral oligomers zinc(II) complexes; Schiff-bases; molecular aggregation; chiral oligomers

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Consiglio, G.; Oliveri, I.P.; Failla, S.; Di Bella, S. Supramolecular Aggregation of a New Substituted Bis(salicylaldiminato)zinc(II) Schiff-Base Complex Derived from trans-1,2-Diaminocyclohexane. Inorganics 2018, 6, 8.

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