Mononuclear transition metal complexes with sterically hindered carboxylate ligands: Synthesis, structural and spectral properties

Sethuraman Kannan, Galmari Venkatachalam, Ha Jin Lee, Byoung Koun Min, Woong Kim, Eunhae Koo, Young Rag Do, Sungho Yoon

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The metal coordination geometry in the active site of metalloproteins are very different from the one of small inorganic complexes, due to the inflexibility of the ligand set from amino acid side chains different from freely moving ligand set in synthesis. Using the sterically hindered 2,6-di-(p-fluorophenyl)benzoate(L) ligand, a series of mononuclear Co(II), Ni(II) and Cu(II) complexes of general formula [M(L)2(Hdmpz) 2] (where, Hdmpz = 3,5-dimethyl pyrazole) have been synthesized and characterized by the variety of spectroscopic methods. A distorted octahedral geometry in case of nickel, tetrahedral geometry for cobalt and square pyramidal in copper was observed in the X-ray studies, which also revealed that the uncoordinated oxygen atom of the carboxylate group forms intramolecular hydrogen bonding with the N-H group of the coordinated 3,5-dimethylpyrazole in case of cobalt and copper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-346
Number of pages7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Feb 1



  • 3,5-Dimethylpyrazole
  • Crystal structures
  • Mononuclear metal complexes
  • Sterically hindered carboxylate ligand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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