Metal distribution and disorder in the crystal structure of [NH2Et2][Cr7MF8(tBuCO2)16] wheel molecules for M = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn and Cd

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  • External authors:
  • Finn Krebs Larsen
  • Jacob Overgaard
  • Mogens Christensen
  • Garry James Mcintyre
  • Grigore Timco


The homometallic wheel compound [Cr8F8(O2CCMe3)16] formed with fluorine and pivalic acid ligands can be modified by introducing in the synthesis process a divalent cation M capable of octahedral coordination instead of one of the trivalent Cr centres in the ring. Heterometallic mono-anionic species [Cr7MF8(O2CCMe3)16]− can form diethylammonium salts and be crystallized from ethylacetate solution as compounds with the general formula [NH2Et2][Cr7MF8(tBuCO2)16][C4H8O2]0.5 for M = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn and Cd. Their structures are isomorphous, belonging to the space group P21/c. The study has determined the degree of order for the individual M heterometal over the possible metal positions of the ring in the crystal structure by modelling based on X-ray diffraction data. The model took into account disorder in tert-butyl groups of the pivalate ligands and in the position and orientation of the ethylacetate solvent molecule. The heterometal turned out to be partly ordered in the crystal structure.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)932-941
JournalActa Crystallographica. Section B: Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials (Online)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014

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