Solid-state coordination chemistry of the Cu/triazolate/X system (X = F-, Cl-, Br-, I-, OH-, and SO42-)

Wayne Ouellette, Andrey V. Prosvirin, Vincent Chieffo, Kim R. Dunbar, Bruce Hudson, Jon Zubieta

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Hydrothermal reactions of 1,2,4-triazole with the appropriate copper salt have provided eight structurally unique members of the Cu/triazolate/X system, with X = F-, Cl-, Br, l-, OH-, and SO42-. The anionic components X of [Cu3(trz) 4(H2O)3]F2 (1) and [Cu 6(trz)4Br]Cu4Br4(OH) (4) do not participate in the framework connectivity, acting as isolated charge-compensating counterions. In contrast, the anionic subunits X of [Cu IICuI(trz)Cl2] (2), [Cu6(trz) 4Br2] (3), [CuIICuI(trz)Br 2] (5), [Cu3(trz)I2] (6), [Cu6 IICu2I(trz)6(SO4) 3(OH)2(H2O)] (8), and [Cu4(trz) 3]OH·7.5H2O (9·7.5H2O) are intimately involved in the three-dimensional connectivities. The structure of [CuIICuI(trz)2][Cu3 Il4] (7) is constructed from two independent substructures: a three-dimensional cationic {Cu2(trz) 2}nn+ component and {Cu3l 4}nn- chains. Curiously, four of the structures are mixed-valence CuI/CuII materials: 2, 5, 7, and 8. The only CuII species is 1, while 3, 4, 6, and 9·7.5H2O exhibit exclusively CuI sites. The magnetic properties of the Cu II species 1 and of the mixed-valence materials 5, 7, 8, and the previously reported [Cu3(trz)3OH][Cu2Br 4] have been studied. The temperature-dependent magnetic susceptibility of 1 conforms to a simple isotropic model above 13 K, while below this temperature, there is weak ferromagnetic ordering due to spin canting of the antiferromagnetically coupled trimer units. Compounds 5 and 7 exhibit magnetic properties consistent with a one-dimensional chain model. The magnetic data for 8 were fit over the temperature range 2-300 K using the molecular field approximation with J = 204 cm-1, g = 2.25, and zJ′ = -38 cm-1. The magnetic properties of [Cu3(trz) 3OH][Cu2Br4] are similar to those of 8, as anticipated from the presence of similar triangular {Cu3(trz) 33-OH)}2+ building blocks. The Cu I species 3, 4, 6, and 9 as well as the previously reported [Cu 5(trz)3Cl2] exhibit luminescence thermochromism. The spectra are characterized by broad emissions, long lifetimes, and significant Stokes' shifts, characteristic of phosphorescence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9346-9366
Number of pages21
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number23
StatePublished - Nov 13 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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