Reversible five-coordinate ⇄ six-coordinate transformation in cobalt(II) complexes

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Journal of Molecular Structure, 2018, 1157 pp. 112 - 118
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© 2017 Elsevier B.V. The heterocyclic ligands 2,6-bis(pyrazol-1-yl)pyridine (L1) and 2,6-bis(benzimidazol-2-yl)pyridine (L2) and their cobalt(II) complexes were synthesized. The blue five-coordinate complex [Co(L1)Cl2] isolated initially from the reaction mixture rapidly absorbed water vapour from the atmosphere to yield the pink six-coordinate complex [Co(L1)(H2O)3]Cl2. This change is reversible upon desiccation or transferring [Co(L1)(H2O)3]Cl2 into acetonitrile. The five coordinate complex [Co(L2)Cl2], however, remains stable under similar conditions. The structures of the complexes [Co(L1)Cl2], [Co(L1)(H2O)3]Cl2 and [Co(L2)Cl2] have been determined by x-ray crystallography. The magnetic susceptibilities and the electronic spectra for [Co(L1)Cl2], [Co(L2)Cl2] and [Co(L1)(H2O)3]Cl2 are presented.
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