Three two-dimensional (2D) layered M(III)-Cu(II) (M = Fe, Cr) bimetallic complexes and a discrete cluster were prepared using [M(CN)6] 3- and respective Cu macrocycles with methyl (1, 3) or ethyl (2, 4) side groups. The crystal structures can be described as aesthetic honeycomb-like M2Cu3 neutral sheets (1, 3, 4) and a pentanuclear Fe 2Cu3 entity (2) with an isolated Cu(L2)2+ moiety. The steric hindrance induced by the pendant groups renders the internal parameters of the Cu-Nax (where the "ax" subscript denotes axial) length and Cu-Nax-Cax angle to become elongated and acute. The magnetic data disclose that ferromagnetic couplings are transmitted between M(III) and Cu(II) ions through the CN links. For 4, particularly, there is a magnetically defined chain (Jc) composed of dimers (J d) and trimers (Jt), based on the structural considerations. The intramolecular magnetic coupling constants are Jd = 3.73 cm-1 and Jt = 4.08 cm-1, while the Jc value corresponds to 0.17 cm-1. From a magnetostructural point of view, it is reasoned that the Cu-Nax bond length is probably a determining factor of the strength of magnetic couplings in 4.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry