• Copper;
  • In situ ligand synthesis;
  • Polynuclear complexes;
  • Magnetic properties;
  • EPR spectroscopy;
  • Cyclic voltammetry;
  • Density functional calculations


The 1D polymer complex [Cu2(L)2(SCN)2]n (1) has been synthesised in a one-step in situ reaction of picolinaldehyde with sodium thiocyanate. The complex 1 was characterised by FTIR spectroscopy, UV/Vis spectrophotometry and elemental analysis. The crystal structure of complex 1 shows that chains of dimer complexes are formed with tetra- and pentacoordinate copper centres alternately linked by one thiocyanato and two alkoxido bridges. Variable-temperature magnetic measurements showed a strong antiferromagnetic interaction between the copper centres within the dimer mediated by the two alkoxido bridges with a J value of –374 cm–1, which is in agreement with the DFT-calculated value of –284 cm–1. EPR and cyclic voltammetric analyses were also carried out, as well as DFT calculations to evaluate the packing forces and their energies.