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Copper(II) Coordination Compounds with Methanoato and Pyridine Ligands: Conversion from Mononuclear to Polynuclear in the Presence of Moisture

Amalija Golobič, Fedja Marušič, Primož Šegedin, Marta Počkaj


Blue prismatic crystals of mononuclear [CuII(O2CH)2(Py)3] (Py = pyridine, C5H5N), 1, were prepared from reaction solution containing dry pyridine and dinuclear [Cu2II(O2CH)4(Py)2]. When a portion of solution together with crystals was exposed to air moisture, crystals of 1 dissolved in mother liquid. Simultaneously, blue needles of 2, i.e. covalently linked one-dimensional chain structure with formula [Cu(O2CH)2(Py)2]n·nH2O, grew out of the solution. The process lasted few minutes and was observed under optical microscope. The conversion from 1 to 2 takes place also outside of solution in the solid state. Single crystal X-ray diffraction data were collected at 150 K for 1 and after that for 2, originating from the same reaction solution. This paper reports the structures of both compounds. Alternative synthesis method of 2 arising from a mixture of copper methanoate and pyridine is also reported.


Copper(II) methanoates; pyridine; crystal structure determination; structure conversion

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