Synthesis, structure, and thermal behavior of discrete Co(II), Ag(I), and Pd(II) complexes with 2,3-bis(2-pyridyl)quinoxaline. Insight into coordination modes

Ok Sang Jung, Sung Ho Park, Yun Ju Kim, Young A. Lee, Ho G. Jang, Uk Lee

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The reactions of 2,3-bis(2-pyridyl)quinoxaline (bpq) with CoCl2·6H2O, Ag(CH3CN)4)BF4, and PdCl2(C6H5CN)2 produce [CoCl2(bpq)]2·2CHCl3, [Ag(bpq)CH3CN]2(BF4)2· 2CH3CN, and [PdCl2(bpq)], respectively. All the products are discrete 1:1 (metal:bpq) adducts, where the chelation mode of the bpq is dependent upon the metal atoms. The structure of [CoCl2(bpq)]2·2CHCl3 is a centrosymmetric Cl-bridged four-membered dimer, [Co2Cl2], in which the bpq is bonded to the cobalt(II) atom in an anisobidentate mode with the nitrogen donors of pyridine and pyrazine rings. For [Ag(bpq)CH3CN]2(BF4)2· 2CH3CN, each bpq ligand connects two tetrahedral silver(I) ions in a tridentate mode, resulting in a cationic cyclic dimer. The structure of [PdCl2(bpq)] approximates to a molecular rocking chair with an isobidentate bpq through the nitrogen donors of 2-pyridyl rings. The compounds exhibit significant and characteristic relationships between the structures and their thermal properties. For [CoCl2(bpq)]2·2CHCl3, the solvate chloroform molecules are safely contained up to 144°C, but drastically evaporate above this temperature. The striking feature of [Ag(bpq)CH3CN]2(BF4)2· 2CH3CN is that the skeletal cyclic dimer is basically retained after dissociation of the coordinated acetonitriles in the solid state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-99
Number of pages7
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jan 29



  • 2,3-Bis(2-pyridyl)quinoxaline complexes
  • Crystal structures
  • Thermal properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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