Inversion Symmetry Breaking in Order–Disorder Transitions of Globular Ligands Coordinating to Cobalt(II) and Nickel(II) Bisacetylacetonato Complexes During Heating

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Abstract

Unexpected inversion-symmetry breaking was observed in the order–disorder phase transitions of [M(acac)2(abco)2] (1; M=Co2+, 2; Ni2+, acac=2,4-pentanedionato, abco=1-azabicyclo-[2.2.2]-octane=quinuclidine) during heating. The isostructural, transition-free complexes [M(acac)2(cabco)2] (3; M=Co2+, 4; Ni2+, cabco=3-chloro-1-azabicyclo-[2.2.2]-octane=3-chloroquinuclidine) were also studied for comparison. Complexes 1 and 2 crystallized in ordered phases in the centrosymmetric I2/m space group at 100 K, whereas they crystallized in disordered phases in the non-symmetric I2 space group at 300 K. The 60° step rotation disordering of the abco ligands was observed in the electron density maps of 1 and 2, which was consistent with the transition enthalpies estimated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Gradual phase transitions were observed for 1 and 2 by DSC and powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) at approximately 225 K. The inversion-symmetry disordering was likely induced by the local pseudo-symmetry of the abco ligands, increasing from trigonal to hexagonal and the increased steric repulsion pathways among them.

Original languageEnglish
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • coordination chemistry
  • inversion symmetry breaking
  • molecular rotation
  • order–disorder transition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry

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