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Preparation, structural characterisation, and magnetic properties of [Cu(men)2][Cu2Cd2Cl2(CN)6] (men = N-methylethane-1,2-diamine)

Juraj Kuchár and Juraj Černák

Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Moyzesova 11, 041 54, Košice, Slovakia



Abstract: The novel complex [Cu(men)2][Cu2Cd2Cl2(CN)6] (I) was isolated from the aqueous-ethanol system containing CuCl2, men (men = N-methylethane-1,2-diamine) and K2[Cd(CN)4] in the presence of dilute hydrochloric acid and chemically and spectroscopically characterised. The crystal structure of I consists of [Cu2I(CN)6] and [Cd2Cl2(CN)6] building units bridged by cyanide ligands and forms a three-dimensional skeleton with cavities. [Cu(men)2]2+ cations in which two men ligands are chelated (mean Cu-N is 2.033(6) Å) are located in the cavities. The coordination polyhedron around the Cu(II) atoms is formed as a tetragonal bipyramidal by two weaker axial Cu-Cl bonds (2.8642(12) Å) with chlorido ligands from the skeleton. The Cu(I) and Cd(II) atoms in the skeleton exhibit tetra-(CuC4 chromophore) and penta-coordination (CdN3Cl2), respectively. The temperature-dependent susceptibility measurements indicate a Curie-Weiss-like behaviour and the presence of weak anti-ferromagnetic interaction.

Keywords: copper(II) compounds – cyanide complex – N-methylethane-1,2-diamine – crystal structure – magnetic studies

Full paper is available at

DOI: 10.2478/s11696-012-0275-7


Chemical Papers 67 (4) 408–414 (2013)

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