To obtain novel single-component molecular metals, we attempted to synthesize several cobalt complexes coordinated by TTF (tetrathiafulvalene)-type dithiolate ligands. We succeeded in the syntheses and structure determinations of (nBu4N)2[Co(chdt)2]2 (1), (nBu4N)2[Co(dmdt)2]2 (2), [Co(dmdt)2]2 (3), and [Co(dt)2] 2 (4) (chdt = cyclohexeno-TTF-dithiolate, dmdt = dimethyl-TTF- dithiolate, and dt = TTF-dithiolate). Structure analyses of complexes 1-4 revealed that two monomeric [Co(ligand)2]- or [Co(ligand)2]0 units are connected by two Co-S bonds resulting in dimeric [Co(ligand)2]22- or [Co(ligand)2]2 molecules. Complex 1 has a cation-anion-intermingled structure and exhibited Curie-Weiss magnetic behavior with a large Curie constant (C - 2.02 K·emu·mol-1) and weak antiferromagnetic interactions (θ = -8.3 K). Complex 2 also has a cation-anion-intermingled structure. However, the dimeric molecules are completely isolated by cations. Complexes 3 and 4 are single-component molecular crystals. The molecules of complex 3 form two-dimensional molecular stacking layers and exhibit a room-temperature conductivity of σrt = 1.2 × 10-2 S·cm-1 and an activation energy of Ea = 85 meV. The magnetic behavior is almost consistent with Curie-Weiss law, where the Curie constant and Weiss temperature are 8.7 × 10-2 K·emu·mol-1 and -0.85 K, respectively. Complex 4 has a rare chair form of the dimeric structure. The electrical conductivity was fairly large (σrt = 19 S·cm -1), and its temperature dependence was very small (σ0.55K/σrt = ca. 1:10), although the measurements were performed on the compressed pellet sample. Complex 4 showed an almost constant paramagnetic susceptibility (χ300 K = 3.5 × 10-4 emu·mol-1) from 300 to 50 K. The band structure calculation of complex 4 suggested the metallic nature of the system. Complex 4 is a novel single-component molecular conductor with a dimeric molecular structure and essentially metallic properties down to very low temperatures.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry