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<b>Synthesis, crystal structure and magnetic properties of [Cu(mal)(abpt)(H<sub>2</sub>O)].3/2H<sub>2</sub>O and [Cu<sub>2</sub>(sq)(abpt) <sub>2</sub>].2H<sub>2</sub>O (mal = malonate, sq = squarate, abpt =4-amino-3,5-di-2-pyridyl-4H-1,2,4 triazole)</b>

Eno A. Ededet
Godfred A. Ayimele
Zhao-Xi Wang
Paul T. Chongwain
Grace E. Iniama
Offiong E. Offiong
Emmanuel N. Nfor


Two new mixed-ligand complexes of formula [Cu(mal)(abpt)(H2O)].3/2H2O (1) and [Cu2(sq)(abpt) 2].2H2O (2) [mal = malonate, abpt = 4-amino-3,5-di-2-pyridyl-4H-1,2,4 triazole and sq = squarate], have been prepared and characterized by X-ray crystal structure determination and magnetic studies. Complex 1 crystallizes in the monoclinic system, space group C2/c, with a = 14.0086(2) Å, b = 10.0980(2) Å, c = 25.630(4) Å; β = 97.5900(10) o, and Z = 8. Complex 2 crystallizes in the triclinic system, space group P-1 with a = 7.5696(15) Å, b = 8.4697(17) Å, c = 11.049(2) Å; β = 93.00(3)oα = 96.98(3), γ = 90.111(3) and Z = 1. Complex 1 consist of a neutral mononuclear [Cu(mal)(abpt)(H2O)] unit and water molecule of crystallization in a distorted square pyramidal coordination sphere, while complex 2 is viewed as being made up of [Cu(sq)(abpt)2] units with the squarato ligand bridging the two copper(II) cations. Variable temperature magnetic behaviour of the complexes reveals the existence of weak antiferromagnetic interaction for complex 1 and weak ferromagnetic intrachain interaction for complex 2.

KEY WORDS: Copper(II) complexes, Mixed-ligand, Magnetic properties, Malonate, Squarate, 4-Amino-3,5-di-2-pyridyl-4H-1,2,4 triazole

Bull. Chem. Soc. Ethiop. 2011, 25(1), 53-60.

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