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Keywords:

  • Supramolecular chemistry;
  • Metallacycles;
  • N ligands;
  • Silver;
  • Copper

Abstract

The reaction of 2,6-pyridinediylbis(3-pyridinyl)methanone (abbreviated as L) with various silver(I) salts yielded a series of complexes, namely, [Ag2(L)2](ClO4)2 (1), {[Ag2(L)2](ClO4)2} (2), {[Ag2(L)2](NO3)2} (3), {[Ag2(L)2](C2F5CO2)2} (4), {[Ag2(L)2](C3F7CO2)2} (5), and {[Ag2(L)2](O2CC3F6CO2)·2H2O} (6), which exhibit a common dinuclear metallacyclic [Ag2(L)2]2+ skeleton that involves linear-dicoordinate AgI and μ2-N,N-bridging L. Complex 2 is a polymorph of 1 obtained by the solvent-medium tuning effect, and it has an {[Ag2(L)2]2+} infinite-chain structure. In complexes 36, the argentophilic interaction plays an important role in connecting the [Ag2(L)2]2+ units to form a similar {[Ag2(L)2]2+} chain structure to that in 2, although the counteranions are markedly different. The copper(II) complex {[Cu2(CH3CO2)4(L)]·2H2O} (7) exhibits a zigzag-chain structure composed of an alternating arrangement of L and the Cu2(CH3CO2)4 paddlewheel cluster. In the supramolecular architectures of 17, the counteranions engage in multiple noncovalent interactions, and the presence of unusual types such as O/F(anion)···π, O/F(anion)···C=O, and C=O···π are noted and discussed.