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A New One-Dimensional Bimetallic Complex: Cu(en)2Fe(CN)5(NO). Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Magnetic Behaviour

Hui-Zhong Kou, Hong-Mei Wang, Dai-Zheng Liao, Peng Cheng, Zong-Hui Jiang, Shi-Ping Yan, Xiao-Ying Huang and Geng-Lin Wang

Australian Journal of Chemistry 51(8) 661 - 666
Published: 1998


The nitrosyl cyanide Cu(en)2Fe(CN)5(NO) was prepared by the reaction of Cu(en)2Cl2 and Na2 [Fe(CN)5(NO)].2H2O in aqueous solution. Single-crystal X-ray structure analysis revealed that the complex assumes a cyanide-bridged chain structure in which iron(II) is coordinated by five cyanide ligands and a nitrosyl group, and copper(II) is coordinated by two ethylenediamine ligands and two bridging cyanide ligands. The copper centres display a typical Jahn–Teller distortion characteristic of octahedral copper complexes with bond distance deviations in lattice symmetry from octahedral ideality: Cu-N(equatorial, mean) 2·010(3) Å and Cu-N(axial, mean) 2·569(3) Å. Infrared and ultraviolet studies shed light on the above molecular structure. A magnetic investigation showed the presence of a weak antiferromagnetic interaction (J = -1·06 cm-1) between the copper atoms within each chain through the diamagnetic Fe(CN)5(NO)2- ions.

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