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Inorganics, Volume 7, Issue 7 (July 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Cyanoimidazoles form an interesting group of ligands, because they combine two chemically important [...] Read more. Cyanoimidazoles form an interesting group of ligands, because they combine two chemically important features: the imidazole ring, which has been shown to play a specific role in many biological and medical processes, and the cyano groups, which provide an effective route for synthetical modifications. In the present work, we investigate the synthesis as well as the chemical and electronic properties of four new copper(II) complexes based on 4,5-dicyano-1-methylimidazole ligands. Cu(II) is found to promote the alcoholysis of one of the cyano groups leading to the production of a metal chelate. Furthermore, the alcohol solvent is found to coordinate the complex in different ways. In addition, computational DFT calculations are performed to study the effect of the halogen type and the steric hindrance of the alcoxy groups on the formation of copper(II) complexes. View this paper.