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Iron(III), cobalt(II) and zinc(II) coordination compounds with a carboximidamide ligand: Synthesis, structures and properties

Eya'ane Meva, Francois; Prior, Timothy John; Evans, David John; Shah, Sachin; Cespedes, Oscar


Francois Eya'ane Meva

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Dr Tim Prior
Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry

David John Evans

Sachin Shah

Oscar Cespedes


Coordination complexes of iron(III), cobalt(II) and zinc(II) with the ligand N′-{[1-(pyridin-2-yl)ethylidene]amino}pyridine-2-carboximidamide (pmhpa) have been synthesised and were structurally characterized by elemental analysis, mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction and infrared spectroscopy. The mononuclear iron(III) complex, [Fe(pmhap)2][FeCl4], (1), adopts the orthorhombic non-centric space group P212121. The iron is present in an octahedral environment in the ion [Fe(pmhap)2]+. The crystallographically-determined formula of the cobalt(II) complex (2) is [Co2(pmhap)2Cl3]2[CoCl4].4MeOH. The compound crystallizes in the non-centric space group P4̄21c with a single cobalt ion in the asymmetric unit. The complex is dinuclear, with two cobalt ions bridged by chloride and the two nitrogen atoms of N=N of the pmhap ligand. The zinc(II) complex; [Zn2(pmhpa)3](NO3)4.2.75MeOH (3) crystallizes in the cubic space group Pa3̄ with disordered methanol molecules present. This is dinuclear with the two zinc atoms being bridged by three N=N links from the ligand to form a threefold symmetric rotor. Infrared spectroscopy confirms that coordination occurs through the azide bridge. Measurements of magnetic susceptibility for the iron(III) and cobalt(II) complexes show that they are paramagnetic between 5 and 300 K. Mössbauer spectroscopic data supports the structure of the iron(III) complex being composed of an octahedral and a tetrahedral iron atom.


Eya'ane Meva, F., Prior, T. J., Evans, D. J., Shah, S., & Cespedes, O. (2020). Iron(III), cobalt(II) and zinc(II) coordination compounds with a carboximidamide ligand: Synthesis, structures and properties. Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 121, Article 108196.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 20, 2020
Online Publication Date Aug 25, 2020
Publication Date 2020-11
Deposit Date Dec 8, 2020
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Inorganic Chemistry Communications
Print ISSN 1387-7003
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 121
Article Number 108196
Keywords Coordination complexes; Carboxamidrazine; X-ray structure; Magnetism
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