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The neutral complex [CrIII4(μ3-O)2(μ2-CH3CO2)7(tbpy0)(tbpy•)]0 — a tetranuclear Cr(III) species containing a neutral (bpy0) and a π-radical anion (bpy•)1–

Canadian Journal of Chemistry, Volume 0, Issue 0, Page 1-5, e-First articles.
The tetranuclear neutral species [CrIII4(μ3-O)2(μ2-CH3CO2)7(tbpy0)(tbpy•)]0·3THF has been prepared from a mixture of [CrII2(μ2-CH3CO2)4]·2H2O and 4,4′-di-tert-butyl-2,2′-bipyridine (1:2) in tetrahydrofuran (THF) under anaerobic conditions. Black crystals of [CrIII4(μ-O)2(μ-CH3CO2)7(tbpy)2]0 were grown and investigated by X-ray crystallography: a [Cr4O2]8+ butterfly core structure has been identified. In addition, the presence of seven μ2-acetate bridges, a neutral (tbpy0) ligand, and a single π-radical anion (tbpy•)1– have been clearly identified. The magnetic properties have been investigated by solid-state SQUID (superconducting quantum interference device) measurements (2–300 K) and a coupling model is presented. Its X-band electron paramagnetic resonance spectrum has been recorded at 10 and 300 K in toluene solution and successfully simulated. The spin of the (tbpy•)1– radical couples strongly antiferromagnetically to one Cr(III) center (J4 = –129 cm−1). These properties are compared with those reported previously for the monocationic species [CrIII4(μ3-O)2(μ2-CH3CO2)7(bpy0)2](PF6) in Bino et al. (Inorg. Chem. 1991, 30, 856).

Authors:   Mei Wang, Eckhard Bill, Thomas Weyhermüller, Karl Wieghardt
Journal:   Canadian Journal of Chemistry
Year:   2014
DOI:   10.1139/cjc-2014-0020
Publication date:   05-Mar-2014
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