Five-coordinated Geometries from Molecular Structures to Solutions in Copper(II) Complexes Generated from Polydentate-N-Donor Ligands and Pseudohalides

Franz-Andreas Mautner, Roland Fischer, Ana Torvisco Gomez, Maher M. Henary, Febee R. Louka, Salah S. Massoud*, Nahed M.H. Salem

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A novel series of mononuclear five-coordinated pseudohalido-Cu(II) complexes displaying distorted square bipyramidal: [Cu(L1)(NCS)2] (1), [Cu(L2 )(NCS)2] (2) and [Cu(L3 )(NCS)]ClO4 (5) as well as distorted trigonal bipyramidal: [Cu(isp3tren)(N3)]ClO4 (3), [Cu(isp3tren)(dca)]ClO4 (4) and [Cu(tedmpza)(dca)]ClO4·0.67H2O (6) geometries had been synthesized and structurally characterized using X-ray single crystal crystallography, elemental microanalysis, IR and UV-vis spectroscopy, and molar conductivity measurements. Different N-donor amine skeletons including tridentate: L1 = [(2-pyridyl)-2-ethyl)-(3,4-dimethoxy)-2-methylpyridyl]methylamine and L2 = [(2-pyridyl)-2-ethyl)-(3,5-dimethyl-4-methoxy)-2-methyl-pyridyl]methylamine, and tetradentate: L3 = bis(2-ethyl-di(3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrazol-1-yl)-[2-(3,4-dimethoxy-pyridylmethyl)]amine, tedmpza = tris[(2-(3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrazol-1-yl)ethyl]amine and isp3tren = tris[(2-isopropylamino)ethyl)]amine ligands were employed. Molecular structural parameters such as nature of coligand, its chelate ring size and steric environment incorporated into its skeleton, which lead to adopting one of the two limiting geometries in these complexes and other reported compounds are analyzed and correlated to their assigned geometries in solutions. Similar analysis were extended to other five-coordinated halido-Cu(II) complexes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3376
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020


  • Azide
  • Copper
  • Crystal structure
  • Dicyanamide
  • Five-coordinated
  • Isothiocyanate
  • UV-vis spectra

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Drug Discovery
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Organic Chemistry

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