Synthesis and Characterization of Symmetrically versus Unsymmetrically Proton-Bridged Hexa-Iron Clusters

D. Nirosha T. De Silva, Tyson N. Dais, Geoffrey B. Jameson, Daniel J. Cutler, Euan K. Brechin, Casey G. Davies, Guy N. L. Jameson, Paul G. Plieger

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Syntheses and magnetic and structural characterization of hexa-iron complexes of derivatized salicylaldoximes are discussed. Complexation of Fe(BF4)2·6H2O with each ligand (H2L1 and H4L2) in a methanolic-pyridine solution resulted in hexa-iron compounds (C1 and C2, respectively), which each contain two near-parallel metal triangles of [Fe3–μ3-O], linked by six fluoride bridges and stabilized by a hydrogen-bonded proton between the μ3-O groups. Within each metal triangle of C2, Fe(III) ions are connected via the amine “straps” of (H4L2-2H). Variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility and Mössbauer data of C1 and C2 indicate the presence of dominant antiferromagnetic interactions between the high-spin (S = 5/2) Fe(III) centers. For C1, two quadrupole doublets are observed at room temperature and 5 K, consistent with structural data from which discrete but disordered [Fe3–μ3-O] and [Fe3–μ3-OH] species were inferred. For C2, a single sharp quadrupole doublet with splitting intermediate between those determined for C1 was observed, consistent with the symmetric [Fe3–μ3-O···H···μ3-O–Fe3] species inferred crystallographically from the very short μ3-O···μ3-O separation. The differences in the physical properties of the complexes, as seen in the Mössbauer, X-ray, and magnetic data, are attributed to the conformational flexibility imparted by the nature of the linkages between the closely related ligands.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16661–16669
JournalACS Omega
Volume6
Issue number25
Early online date15 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Jun 2021

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