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Substituent Effects in the Crystal Packing of Derivatives of 4′-Phenyl-2,2′:6′,2″-Terpyridine

Department of Chemistry, University Basel, BPR 1096, Mattenstrasse 24a, CH-4058 Basel, Switzerland
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Crystals 2019, 9(2), 110;
Received: 4 February 2019 / Revised: 12 February 2019 / Accepted: 17 February 2019 / Published: 20 February 2019
We report the preparation of a series of new 4′-substituted 2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridines: 4′-(3,5-dimethylphenyl)-2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridine (2), 4′-(3-fluoro-5-methylphenyl)-2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridine (3), 4′-(3,5-difluorophenyl)-2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridine (4), and 4′-(3,5- bis(trifluoromethyl)phenyl)-2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridine (5). The compounds have been characterized by mass spectrometry, solid-state IR spectroscopy and solution NMR and absorption spectroscopies. The single-crystal X-ray diffraction structures of 3, 5 and 6·EtOH (6 = 4′-(3,5-bis(tert-butyl)phenyl)-2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridine) have been elucidated. The molecular structures of the compounds are unexceptional. Since 3 and 5 crystallize without lattice solvent, we are able to understand the influence of introducing substituents in the 4′-phenyl ring and compare the packing in the structures with that of the previously reported 4′-phenyl-2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridine (1). On going from 1 to 3, face-to-face π-stacking of pairs of 3-fluoro-5-methylphenyl rings contributes to a change in packing from a herringbone assembly in 1 with no ring π-stacking to a layer-like packing. The latter arises through a combination of π-stacking of aromatic rings and N…H–C hydrogen bonding. On going from 3 to 5, N…H–C and F…H–C hydrogen-bonding is dominant, supplemented by π-stacking interactions between pairs of pyridine rings. A comparison of the packing of molecules of 6 with that in 1, 3 and 5 is difficult because of the incorporation of solvent in 6·EtOH. View Full-Text
Keywords: 2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridine; crystal structure; crystal packing; trifluoromethyl; fluoro; tert-butyl 2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridine; crystal structure; crystal packing; trifluoromethyl; fluoro; tert-butyl
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Klein, Y.M.; Prescimone, A.; Karpacheva, M.; Constable, E.C.; Housecroft, C.E. Substituent Effects in the Crystal Packing of Derivatives of 4′-Phenyl-2,2′:6′,2″-Terpyridine. Crystals 2019, 9, 110.

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