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Tetranuclear Copper(II) Complexes Derived from 5-Bromo-2-((2-(2-hydroxyethylamino)ethylimino)methyl)phenol: Synthesis, Characterization, Crystal Structures and Catalytic Oxidation of Olefins

Xiao-Jun Zhao, Su-Zhen Bai, Ling-Wei Xue


An acetate bridged tetranuclear copper(II) complex, [Cu4L2(μ2-η1:η1-CH3COO)6(CH3OH)2] (1), and a chloride, phenolate and azide co-bridged tetranuclear copper(II) complex, [Cu4L2Cl2(μ-Cl)2(μ1,1-N3)2]2CH3OH (2), where L is the deprotonated form of the Schiff base 5-bromo-2-((2-(2-hydroxyethylamino)ethylimino)methyl)phenol (HL), have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR and UV spectra, and single crystal X-ray diffraction. Single crystal X-ray analysis revealed that the Cu atoms in both complexes are in square pyramidal geometry. In complex 1, two [CuL] units and [Cu2(μ2-η1:η1-CH3COO)4] core are linked through two acetate ligands. In complex 2, [Cu2LCl(μ-Cl)] units are linked together by two end-on azido ligands. The Schiff base ligand coordinates to the Cu atoms through four N and O donor atoms. The molecules of both complexes are linked through hydrogen bonds to generate three dimensional networks. The catalytic property of the complexes for epoxidation reactions of some alkenes was studied using tert-butylhydroperoxide as the terminal oxidant under mild conditions in acetonitrile.


Schiff base; copper complex; crystal structure; tetranuclear complex; catalytic property.

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