Syntheses and Crystal Structures of Tetrakis(arylamidine)nickel(II) Chloride and Bis[2,4-dipyridyl-1,3,5-triazapentadienato]nickel(II)

Jianping Guo, Rick W K WONG*, Wai Yeung WONG

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The reaction of LiN(SiMe3)2 with arylnitrile, followed by the addition of anhydrous NiCl2 gives ionic complexes of the general formula [Ni{H2NC(Ar)=NH}4]Cl2 (Ar = Ph 1, p-tolyl 2). When the above reaction is carried out with cyanopyridine instead of arylnitrile under the same reaction conditions, neutral complexes of the general formula [{HN=C(Py)N= C(Py)NH}2Ni] (Py = 4-pyridyl, 3; 3-pyridyl, 4] are obtained. Compound 1 undergoes a metathesis reaction with sodium benzoate to give the neutral complex [(PhCO2)2Ni {H2NC(Ph)=NH}4] (5). Magnetic susceptibility measurements show that 1-4 are diamagnetic and that 5 is paramagnetic with two unpaired electrons. These results suggest that 1-4 are d8 square-planar complexes and 5 is an octahedral complex. The solid state structures of compounds 1-5 were determined by X-ray crystallography. Structural analyses reveal that 1 and 2 form a one-dimensional network through charge-assisted hydrogen bonds; whereas 5 forms a one-dimensional network through hydrogen bonds only. In complexes 3 and 4, the 2,4-dipyridyl-1,3,5-triazapentadienyl ligand behaves as a bidentate ligand forming a six-membered ring with the metal ion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-275
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2004

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • Hydrogen bonds
  • Macrocyclic ligands
  • Magnetic properties
  • N ligands
  • Nickel


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