, Volume 39, Issue 10, pp 719-722
Date: 31 Mar 2009

Structures of Bis(1-ethylbenzimidazol-2-yl)alkyl Copper(II) Dichlorides: An Unusual Cocrystallization

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Two structures containing pseudo-tetrahedral Cu(II)N2Cl2 coordination complexes are reported. The first molecular structure (A) of the compound, 1,1′bis(1-ethylbenzimidazol-2-yl)propane copper(II) dichloride (triEtBBIM)Cu(II)Cl2, 1, is reported. The complex crystallized in the triclinic space group P-1 with a = 8.616(3) Å, b = 9.302(3) Å, c = 14.314(4) Å, α = 85.613(6)°, β = 85.170(6)°, γ = 66.117(6)° and V = 1044.1(5) Å3 with Z = 2. The second structure (B) contains 1 and (3,3′bis(1-ethylbenzimidazol-2-yl)pentane) copper(II) dichloride (tetEtBBIM)Cu(II)Cl2, 2, both of which, cocrystallize in an equal molar ratio with a nitromethane solvate molecule. The complex crystallized in the monoclinic space group P21/c with a = 18.876(4) Å, b = 14.975(3) Å, c = 18.344(4) Å, β = 116.75(3)°, and V = 4630.3(16) Å3 with Z = 4. The cocrystallization of such discrete complexes has been coined a chemical Janus.

Graphical Abstract

The title complexes contain pseudo-tetrahedral Cu(II)N2Cl2 coordination. One of the structures is the result of an unusual cocrystallization, in which two different discrete Cu(II) molecules cocrystallize in an equimolar ratio with a nitromethane solvate molecule.