A nickel(II) di-μ2-phenolato bridged dinuclear complex: Weak antiferromagnetic interactions in nickel(II) dimers

Michael J. Prushan, Diana M. Tomezsko, Sam Lofland, Matthias Zeller, Allen D. Hunter

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Abstract

[Ni(dpmap)(H2O)]2(ClO4)2 · 3(CH3)2CO, a dinuclear nickel(II) complex of 2-{[[Di(2-pyridyl)methyl](methyl)amino]methyl}phenol, dpmapH has been synthesized. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that each nickel(II) center is coordinated by two dpmap- ligands and two water molecules. The two nickel(II) centers are bridged by μ2-phenolate oxygen donors. The two nickel(II) centers each have distorted octahedral symmetry, comprised of cis-coordinated pyridyl nitrogen, a tert-amino nitrogen and a bridging phenolate oxygen. Hexacoordination is completed by an oxygen atom of a water molecule. The water molecules at each nickel center are trans- to each other across the Ni2O2 basal plane. The two Ni atoms are separated by 3.170 Å. Variable temperature and field magnetic measurements reveal weak antiferromagnetic coupling (J = -0.85 cm-1) between the nickel(II) centers. The χmT versus T data were fit using a model, derived from Kambe's method and include zero-field splitting (D = -1.6 cm-1). Broken-symmetry density functional theory (BS-DFT) indicates that the weak antiferromagnetism is due to electron density delocalization onto the ligand framework and the inability of the out-of plane phenolato-bridges to mediate superexchange.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2245-2254
Number of pages10
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Volume360
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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