• A Reactive Intermediate, [Ni5(C6H4N3)6(CO)4], in the Formation of Nonameric Clusters of Nickel, [Ni9(C6H4N3)12(CO)6] and [Ni9(C6H4N3)12(CO)6].2(C3H7NO)

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      Metal complex; nickel; benzotriazole; nickel carbonyl; crystal structure; structural transformation.

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      Three new molecular compounds, [Ni5(bta)6(CO)4], I, [Ni9(bta)12(CO)6], II, [Ni9(bta)12(CO)6].2(C3H7NO), III, (bta = benzotriazole) were prepared employing solvothermal reactions. Of these, I have pentanuclear nickel, whereas II and III have nonanuclear nickel species. The structures are formed by the connectivity between the nickel and benzotriazole giving rise to the 5- and 9-membered nickel clusters. The structures are stabilised by extensive $\pi \ldots \pi$ and C-H$\ldots \pi$ interactions. Compound II and III are solvotamorphs as they have the same 9-membered nickel clusters and have different solvent molecules. To the best of our knowledge, the compounds I-III represent the first examples of the same transition element existing in two distinct coordination environment in this class of compounds. The studies reveal that compound I is reactive and could be an intermediate in the preparation of II and III. Thermal studies indicate that the compounds are stable upto 350°C and at higher temperatures (∼800°C) the compounds decompose into NiO.Magnetic studies reveal that II is anti-ferromagnetic.

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      Subhradeep Mistry1 Srinivasan Natarajan1

      1. Framework Solids Laboratory, Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India
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