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4,2’:6’,4”- and 3,2’:6’,3”-Terpyridines: The Conflict between Well-Defined Vectorial Properties and Serendipity in the Assembly of 1D-, 2D- and 3D-Architectures

Department of Chemistry, University of Basel, Spitalstrasse 51, 4056 Basel, Switzerland
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Materials 2017, 10(7), 728; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma10070728
Received: 12 June 2017 / Revised: 27 June 2017 / Accepted: 28 June 2017 / Published: 30 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Metal Organic Framework Materials)
A comparative investigation of the coordination assemblies formed between Co(NCS)2 and two monotopic 4,2’:6’,4’’-terpyridine (4,2’:6’,4”-tpy) ligands or two related ditopic ligands is reported. Crystals were grown by layering MeOH solutions of Co(NCS)2 over a CHCl3 or 1,2-C6H4Cl2 solution of the respective ligand at room temperature. With 4’-(2-methylpyrimidin-5-yl)-4,2’:6’,4”-terpyridine (6), the 1D-coordination polymer {[Co2(NCS)4(MeOH)4(6)2]∙2MeOH∙8H2O}n assembles with 6 coordinating only through the outer N-donors of the 4,2’:6’,4”-tpy unit; coordination by the MeOH solvent blocks two cobalt coordination sites preventing propagation in a higher-dimensional network. A combination of Co(NCS)2 and 1-(4,2‘:6’,4”-terpyridin-4’-yl)ferrocene (7) leads to {[Co(NCS)2(7)2]∙4CHCl3}n which contains a (4,4) net; the 2D-sheets associate through π-stacking interactions between ferrocenyl and pyridyl units. A 3D-framework is achieved through use of the ditopic ligand 1,4-bis(npropoxy)-2,5-bis(4,2’:6’,4”-terpyridin-4’-yl)benzene (8) which acts as a 4-connecting node in {[Co(NCS)2(8)2].2C6H4Cl2}n; the combination of metal and ligand planar 4-connecting nodes results in a {65.8} cds net. For a comparison with the coordinating abilities of the previously reported 1,4-bis(noctoxy)-2,5-bis(4,2’:6’,4”-terpyridin-4’-yl)benzene (3), a more flexible analogue 9 was prepared. {[Co(NCS)2(9)]∙2CHCl3}n contains a (4,4) net defined by both metal and ligand planar 4-connecting nodes. The noctoxy tails of 9 protrude from each side of the (4,4) net and thread through adjacent sheets; the arene-attached noctoxy chains associate through a combination of van der Waals and C–H...π interactions. View Full-Text
Keywords: coordination polymer; coordination network; 4,2’:6’,4”-terpyridine; cobalt thiocyanate coordination polymer; coordination network; 4,2’:6’,4”-terpyridine; cobalt thiocyanate
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Klein, Y.M.; Prescimone, A.; Constable, E.C.; Housecroft, C.E. 4,2’:6’,4”- and 3,2’:6’,3”-Terpyridines: The Conflict between Well-Defined Vectorial Properties and Serendipity in the Assembly of 1D-, 2D- and 3D-Architectures. Materials 2017, 10, 728.

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