• Volume 126, Issue 5

September 2014,   pages  1237-1613

• Foreword

• Editorial

• Crystallography in India: Past, Present and Future

• Salts and Co-crystals of Theobromine and their phase transformations in water

Theobromine, a xanthine derivative analogous to caffeine and theophylline, is an effective central nervous system stimulant. It has lower aqueous solubility than caffeine and theophylline. Salts of theobromine with hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid, methanesulfonic acid, benzenesulfonic acid and 𝑝-toluenesulfonic acid were prepared using liquid-assisted grinding (LAG). Proton transfer from the strong acid to the weak base imidazole N resulted in N+-H…O hydrogen-bonded supramolecular assemblies of theobromine salts. The mesylate salt is polymorphic with amide N-H…O dimer and catemer synthons for the theobromine cations. A variable stoichiometry for phosphate salts (1:3 and 1:2.5) were observed with the latter being more stable. All new salts were characterized by FT-IR, PXRD, DSC and finally single crystal X-ray diffraction. In terms of stability, these salts transformed to theobromine within 1 h of dissolution in water. Remarkably, the besylate and tosylate salts are 88 and 58 times more soluble than theobromine, but they dissociated within 1 h. In contrast, theobromine co-crystals with gallic acid, anthranilic acid and 5-chlorosalicylic acid were found to be stable for more than 24 h in the aqueous slurry conditions, except malonic co-crystal which transformed to theobrominewithin 1 h.Water mediated phase transformation of theobromine salts and co-crystalmay be due to the incongruency (high solubility difference) between the components. These results suggest that even though traditional salts are highly soluble compared to co-crystals, co-crystals can be superior in terms of stability.

• Network and guest dependent thermal stability and thermal expansion in a trigonal host

Thermal stability and thermal expansion of bromo trimer synthon mediated hexagonal inclusion compounds of 2,4,6-tris(4-bromophenoxy)-1,3,5-triazine (BrPOT) with dichloromethane (DCM), tetrahydrofuran (THF) and hexamethyl benzene (HMB) and also the guest-free form of BrPOT are reported. Each of these three guests produced two concomitant inclusion compounds with BrPOT. The thermal stability of the solvate lattice increases with decreasing cavity size. The channel network of the DCM inclusion compound is stable only for a few seconds at room temperature outside the mother liquor, whereas the cage network of the DCM solvate is stable for months under similar conditions. Thermal expansions of the lattices depend upon the network, guest content as well as the type of guest molecules. The guest-free form exhibits the least thermal expansion in this series of systems.

• Tuning of intermolecular interactions results in packing diversity in imidazolin-5-ones

Crystal structures of four green fluorescent protein (GFP) chromophore analogues with different packing interactions could be tuned by appropriate substitutions around the imidazolin-5-one ring are reported here. Compound 1 was crystallized from tetrahydrofuran at room temperature while compounds 2-4 have been crystallized from a mixture of methanol and dichloromethane in 3:1 ratio. Molecule 1, 2 and 3 crystallized in monoclinic lattice while molecule 4 preferred to crystallize in a triclinic crystal system. The crystal packing of these molecules was stabilized by C-H$\ldots \pi$ stacking and C-H$\ldots$O type of supramolecular interactions. The results reveal that packing diversity can be easily accomplished in these molecules by tuning the substituents around the imidazolin-5-one ring. Photophysical studies also reveal that all have good quantum yield and fluoresce typically in red region due to presence of electron donating groups around the imidazolin-5-one ring.

• 3D, 2D and 1D networks via N-H…O and N-H…N hydrogen bonding by the bis-amide analogues: Effect of chain lengths and odd-even spacers

The synthesis, crystal structures and hydrogen bonding networks of four members of the bis(pyridinecarboxamido)alkane and bis(pyridyl)alkanediamides series (1 ≤ 𝑛 ≤ 8), where the amide moieties are separated by alkyl chain (-(CH2)$_n$-) having even or odd number of -(CH2)-groups are explored and correlated with the previously reported structures. The odd members (n= odd) of both the series are found to adopt three-dimensional networks in contrast to the 1D or 2D structures of the even members (n= even). This odd-even effect on the dimensionality of the networks however disappears with increase in chain length.

• Identification of robust synthon in the molecular salts of 2-aminothiazole with substituted benzoic acids: A case stu

Six new salts of an API intermediate 2-aminothiazole with different carboxylic acid coformers were synthesized and characterized by IR (Infrared spectroscopy), 1H-NMR, DSC (Differential scanning calorimetry), XRPD (X-ray powder diffraction) and single crystal XRD. The crystal structure of the salts with benzoic acid, 2,3-, 2,4-, 2,5-, 2,6- dihydroxybenzoic acids and 2,4-dinitrobenzoic acid were determined. The thiazole moiety exhibited solvent (polarity) assisted tautomerism in all reported salts and proton transfer was noticed to the ring N of thiazole due to which two point supramolecular synthon N+−H(thiazole)…O(acid), N−H(amine)…O(acid) was observed. The crystal structures were studied with respect to the positional effect of the competing functional groups like hydroxyl (−OH) and nitro (−NO2) as well as their donor and acceptor abilities for hydrogen bonding. The presence of the non-conventional hydrogen bond (C−H…O) has been found to play a critical role in the formation of secondary supramolecular architectures.

• Neutral tripodal receptors towards efficient trapping of oxalate

Tris(2-aminoethyl)amine (TREN) based pentafluorophenyl urea and 4-cyanophenyl thiourea receptors have shown encapsulation of oxalate (C2O$^{2−}_4$) in semi-aqueous environment. A single crystal X-ray study shows trapping of planar conformer of C2O$^{2−}_4$ in both the cases. Further solution state binding of C2O$^{2−}_4$ is probed by 1H-NMR titration study in semi-aqueous solvent.

• Isolation and structures of some selenium and tellurium derivatives of 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12-hexabromododecahydrotriphenylene as co-crystals of triphenylene

The synthesis and characterization of low-valent organoselenium and tellurium derivatives of hexabromododecahydrotriphenylene has been attempted. The reaction of hexabromododecahydrotriphenylene with in situ generated disodium dichalcogenides (Na2E2; E = Se, Te) afforded insoluble chalcododecahydrotriphenylene derivatives, 20, 21 respectively. Attempted aromatization of 20 and 21 using DDQ (2, 3-dichloro-5, 6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone) as an oxidizing agent afforded the co-crystals. The hexaselenophenyl derivative, 22 and the hexaselenocyanate derivative 23 were synthesized by the reaction of in situ generated sodium arylselenolate/potassium selenocyanate with hexabromododecahydrotriphenylene, respectively. The compounds were characterized by common spectroscopic tools and a few by single crystal x-ray crystallographic studies.

• Guest-responsive structural adaptation of a rationally-designed molecular tweezer based on Tröger’s base

We have designed and synthesized a modified Tröger’s base TB in which the sterically-rigidified aryl rings that protrude into its groove were envisaged to preclude self-inclusion. From a limited preliminary experimentation, TB has been found to exhibit guest inclusion. The X-ray determined structures of the crystals of guest-free TB and its inclusion compounds with acetonitrile and 𝑜-dichlorobenzene reveal remarkable adaptability of the TB core to undergo subtle structural changes in response to the guest that is included. The structural analyses demonstrate the fact that TB behaves like a molecular tweezer.

• Self-assembly characteristics of a multipolar donor-acceptor-based bis-pyrene integrated molecular tweezer

A modular design of a molecular tweezer is presented that integrates a multipolar D-𝜋-A [D: Donor, A: Acceptor] scaffold, 1-aminopyrene-based fluorophore units and L-alanine-based linkers. The synthesis of the molecule is based on two-fold aromatic nucleophilic reactions (ArSN) and coupling reactions of the acid and amino functionalities. This molecule crystallizes in a non-centrosymmteric (P21) space group.We present its rich self-assembly characteristics that involves an array of 𝜋-stacking interactions. In addition, the molecular tweezer within its cleft forms H-bonding with two dimethylformamide molecules. Such multipolar D-𝜋-A systems containing chiral and fluorophore units are potential candidatesfor a number of electronic and photonic applications.

• Analysis of intermolecular interactions in 3-(4-fluoro-3-phenoxyphenyl)-1-((4-methylpiperazin-1-yl)methyl)-1H-1,2,4-triazole-5-thiol

In the present study, we have prepared and structurally characterized a derivative of 1,2,4 triazoles, namely 3-(4-fluoro-3-phenoxyphenyl)-1-((4-methylpiperazin-1-yl)methyl)-1H-1,2,4-triazole-5-thiol (T-1) via single crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystal structure was observed to be stabilized by the presence of various intermolecular interactions in the crystalline solid such as O-H…S, C-H…F, C-H…S, C-H…N, C-H…O, C-H$\ldots \pi$, $lp\ldots \pi$ and $\pi \ldots \pi$ intermolecular interactions. The interaction energy of these interactions was evaluated through PIXEL method with decomposition of the total energy into the coulombic, polarization, dispersion and repulsion contribution. The study of the nature of H-bonds with sulfur reveals that stabilization due to contribution from polarization plays a significant role. It is noteworthy that the presence of the solvent molecules in the crystal structure were observed to provide stabilization to an otherwise destabilized molecular pair (comprising of two molecules of 1,2,4 triazoles in the asymmetric unit).

• Structural modifications leading to changes in supramolecular aggregation of thiazolo[3, 2-𝑎]pyrimidines: Insights into their conformational features

The compounds, 7-methyl-3,5-diphenyl-5𝐻-thiazolo[3,2-a]pyrimidine-6-carboxylic acid ethyl ester (1), 3-amino-2-cyano-7-methyl-5-phenyl-5𝐻-thiazolo[3,2-𝑎]pyrimidine-6-carboxylic acid methyl ester (2), 2-dimethylaminomethylene-7-methyl-3-oxo-5-phenyl-2,3-dihydro-5𝐻-thiazolo[3,2-𝑎]pyrimidine-6-carboxylic acid ethyl ester (3), 2-(3-cyano-benzylidene)-5-(4-hydroxy-phenyl)-7-methyl-3-oxo-2,3-dihydro-5𝐻-thiazolo[3,2-𝑎]pyrimidine-6-carboxylic acid methyl ester; with 𝑁,𝑁-dimethyl-formamide (4) and 3-ethoxycarbonylmethyl-5-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxy-phenyl)-7-methyl-5𝐻-thiazolo[3,2-𝑎]pyrimidine-6-carboxylic acid methyl ester (5) have been synthesized and their structures evaluated crystallographically. Compound 1 crystallizes in the space group $P^¯_ı$ with Z=8, with four molecules in the asymmetric unit. Compound 2 also crystallizes in the space group $P^¯_ı$ with Z=4 wherein asymmetric unit accommodates two molecules. Compound 3 belongs to $P2_1$/c with Z=4, compound 4 crystallizes in 𝑃bc21 with Z= 4 and compound 5 belongs to $P^¯_ı$ with Z=2. In all the above compounds, the aryl ring positioned at C5 of thiazolopyrimidine ring is almost perpendicular. In the case of compounds with substituted phenyl ring, aryl group-up conformation predominates. However, for compounds with unsubstituted phenyl ring, aryl group-down conformation is adopted. By varying the substituents at positions C2, C3, C6 and on the aryl at C5 in the main molecular scaffold of (1-5), we have observed significant differences in the intermolecular interaction patterns. The packing features of the compounds are controlled by C-H…O, C-H…N, N-H…N O-H…N, C-H$\ldots \pi$ and $\pi\ldots \pi$ weak interactions.

• Aggregation enhanced emission (AEE) in organic salt: A structure-property correlation based on single crystal studies

Salt formation has been shown as a simple strategy to induce aggregated induced emission or aggregated enhanced emission in primary ammonium salts derived from 9-anthracene carboxylic acid, 1-pyrene carboxylic acid, 3-coumarin carboxylic acid and histamine. All the salts displayed enhanced fluorescence in their solid state compared to that in their solution state. Single crystal structure of the salt of 9-anthracene carboxylic acid i.e., His-anthracene revealed that restricted intramolecular rotation of the fluorphoric moiety (anthracene) was responsible for such radiative pathway leading to enhanced emission.

• New co-crystal and salt form of sulfathiazole with carboxylic acid and amide

One co-crystal and one salt of an antibacterial drug sulfathiazole with 4-aminobenzamide and 2,4-dinitrobenzoic acid have been synthesized. These new forms are characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). In solid state, sulfathiazole preferentially adopts the imidine tautomeric form.

• Correlation between carbon-carbon bond length and the ease of retro Diels-Alder reaction

The bond length between C8-C9 in (1′R,4′S,4a′R,8a′S)-6′,7′-dimethyl-1′,4′,4a′,8a′-tetrahydrospiro [cyclopropane-1,9′-[1,4]methanonaphthalene]-5′,8′-dione is 1.571 (2) Å and between C7-C12 is 1.567 (2) Å which are longer than the corresponding bond length for saturated bicyclic systems (1.531-1.535Å). This paper reports the correlation between bond length and the ease of retro Diels−Alder reaction.

• Syntheses, characterization and crystal structures of potassium and barium complexes of a Schiff base ligand with different anions

New pseudopolymorph of a O,N,N′-donor hydrazone ligand, 2-pyridylcarboxaldehyde isonicotinoylhydrazone (L) and its discrete complexes with K+ and Ba2+ have been reported. L forms isostructural dinuclear complexes with K+ when bromide and iodide were employed as counter anions. However, a monomeric complex in the case of Ba2+ with existence of coordinated as well as lattice perchlorate counter anions was observed. All compounds were characterized by single crystal X-ray analysis and other physicochemical techniques. Structural analysis and spectral features of all compounds are described in detail.

• An anionic two-dimensional indium carboxylate framework derived from a pseudo $C_3$-symmetric semi-flexible tricarboxylic acid

Hydrothermal treatment of indium(III) nitrate with a flexible pseudo $C_3$-symmetric tricarboxylic acid at 115°C for 5 days in DMF yields a new layered anionic indium carboxylate framework, [(CH3)2 NH2)][In(L)(HCOO)(DMF)]$_n$ (1) (L = 2,4,6-tris[(4′-carboxyphenoxy)methyl]-1,3,5-trimethylbenzene), existing as two-dimensional sheets. The framework solid has been characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR spectroscopy, TGA, PXRD and single crystal X-ray diffraction studies. DMF undergoes cleavage to dimethyl ammonium and formate ions, which are incorporated in the framework. A slipped stacking of the two dimensional sheets along 𝑎-axis in 1 results in a drastic decrease in the anticipated large porosity of the framework.

• Tuning porosity via control of interpenetration in a zinc isonicotinate metal organic framework

Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) are a class of porous solids formed by linking metal centres or metal clusters by suitable organic ligands capable of generating porosity in the microporous and mesoporous regimes. They have been investigated extensively for their gas storage applications in the last two decades. Interpenetration is nature’s way of avoiding excessive free-space within the large porous networks by growing identical but independent networks within a parent network to decrease the solvent accessible voids and increase stability. A major challenge in MOF synthesis involves minimizing or completely eliminating the extent. In this paper, we report a zinc isonicotinate (or pyridyl-4-carboxylate, 4-PyC) MOF, 1, prepared by tuning the synthesis conditions to minimize interpenetration. The three-fold interpenetration presented in this material is unusual and has been compared to the other zinc isonicotinates to identify the differences contributing to the improved porosity. In addition, the thermal decomposition of 1 in an oxygen-deficient medium has been shown to yield significantly porous carbon embedded with ZnO nanoparticles.

• Structural diversity in serine derived homochiral metal organic frameworks

Two new Zn(II) and Cd(II) based homochiral metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) [SerCdOAc and Zn(Ser)2] have been synthesized using pyridyl functionalized amino acid, viz., serine, as an organic linker. The SerCdOAc structure is three dimensional, while that of the Zn(Ser)2 is two dimensional. The polar voids of the corresponding MOFs are filled with solvent molecules (water in the case of SerCdOAc and methanol in the case of Zn(Ser)2). In both cases, metal centres, i.e., Zn(II) and Cd(II), are hexacoordinated. However, with a change in the solvent for synthesis, ligand coordinationmode and incorporation of additional coordinated anion resulted in a great change in the final MOF architecture. Herein, for the first time, we could achieve structural variety and synthesize MOFs composed of only metal ion and pyridyl functionalized amino acid linker.

• Cationic zinc (II) dimers and one dimensional coordination polymer from ionic carboxylic acid

A rare example of chelating two tetra cationic paddle-wheel zinc dimers were synthesized from the reaction between flexible imidazolium carboxylate (LH2Br2) and corresponding zinc precursors. A zinc coordination polymer was synthesised by treating in situ generation of 2 in the presence of 4,4′-bipyridine. These new molecules, dimers and polymer, were characterized by FT-IR, NMR, UV-vis, fluorescent and single crystal X-ray diffraction techniques. Zinc polymer is the first example of 1D coordination polymer constructed by tetra cationic zinc dimer as a secondary building unit in coordination polymer.

• Guest driven structural transformation studies of a luminescent metal-organic framework

A two-dimensional (2D) porous metal-organic framework (MOF) [{Zn2(L)4(OTf)4}.2(DCM).xG]$_n$ (1 $\supset$ G) (OTf = trifluoro methane sulfonate, DCM = Dichloromethane, L (1, 4-bis (4-pyridyl)-2, 3-diaza-1, 3-butadiene) synthesized at room temperature. Free guests DCM were encapsulated in the pores of the MOF. On air drying the MOF loses free DCM molecules and changed its structure in a crystal to crystal manner to produce compound 1 [{Zn(L)2(OTf)2}.XG]$_n$(1). This guest-induced breathing of the framework was also supported from PXRD patterns. Solid state photoluminescence properties of the dynamicMOF were studied at room temperature.

• Chiral and achiral helical coordination polymers of zinc and cadmium from achiral 2,6-bis(imidazol-1-yl)pyridine: Solvent effect and spontaneous resolution

Four 2D helical coordination polymers (CPs) (1-4) were synthesized using achiral 2,6-bis (imidazol-1-yl)pyridine (pyim2) ligand with metal nitrates (metal = zinc and cadmium), which showed that variation in the solvent condition leads to difference in geometry around the central metal ion and results in chiral/achiral behaviour of these CPs. By using (pyim2), [trans-Zn(pyim2)2(NO3)2]$_n$ (1) was obtained by unary solvent (MeOH), while [trans-Cd(pyim2)2(NO3)2]$_n$ (2) was formed under binary solvent mixtures (DMF/MeOH). On the other hand, in ternary solvent mixture (DMF/MeOH/H2O) it resulted into an achiral {[trans-Zn(pyim2)2(H2O)2]·(NO3)2}$_n$ (3) and homochiral {[cis-Cd(pyim2)2(H2O)2]·(NO3)2}$_n$ (4) coordination polymer, respectively. The homochiral behaviour of the coordination polymer (4) was further studied by solid state CD spectra and also its optical behaviour was analyzed by polarimetry.

• Design of non-molecular coordination solids from aqueous solution: [CuIILnX(H2O)], where X=SO4, Cl or H2O and L=pyrazole, imidazole or glutamic acid and 𝑛 = 1 or 4

We have successfully crystallized four new non-molecular coordination solids utilizing the synthons-Cu-OSO3- and -Cu-Cl- in the presence of four organic ligands:[{Cu($pz$)4SO4}{Cu(pz)4SO4 (H2O)}]. H2O2, [Cu(imi)4SO4]3, [Cu(imi)4(NO3)2]4 and [Cu(glu)Cl(H2O)]5. Use of glutamic acid resulted in two chiral coordination polymers 5 and [Cu(glu)(H2O)]. H2O 6 depending on the copper source. The paper provides chemical insights to the supramolecular aggregation of a crystal driven by the various competing intermolecular forces.

• Synthesis and magnetic properties of a 1-D helical chain derived from a Nickel-Sodium Schiff base complex

The reaction of the deprotonated form of the Schiff base ligand; (E)-2-methoxy-6-((phenylimino) methyl)phenol (L) with nickel chloride hydrate results in the formation of the 1-dimentional coordination polymer; Na[Ni(L)2(OMe)(MeOH)]$_n$ (1). The structure was determined via single crystal X-ray diffraction measurements. A careful analysis of the complex shows that the polymer exists as a helical structure, where the helicity is brought about by the presence of an alkali metal ion which is observed for the first time. Moreover the helical structure in 1 is maintained predominantly through covalent bond rather than supramolecular interactions. Direct current magnetic susceptibility measurement suggests that complex 1 obeys the Curie law. The fitting of magnetic data using the PHI software package yields parameters of 𝑆 = 1, 𝑔 = 2.26 and 𝐷 = +4.51 (or 𝐷 = −7.24cm-1) for 1.

• Building-up novel coordination polymer with Zn(II) porphyrin dimer: Synthesis, structures, surface morphology and effect of axial ligands

Highly flexible Zn(II)1,2-bis(meso-octaethylporphyrin)ethane (1) has been used as host in which two porphyrin rings are found to be face-to-face in non-coordinating solvents. Upon addition of one relatively smaller 4,4′-dipyridine (L1) and one extended N,N′-bispyridine-4-yl-methylene ethylenediamine (L2) guest ligands, the syn conformation of 1 is switched to the anti complexes 1·(L1)2 and 1·L2, respectively. Single crystal X-ray structures of all the complexes are reported in which a stable one-dimensional coordination polymer is produced only in 1·L2 that is, to the best of our knowledge, the first structural report of 1D-coordination polymer with porphyrin dimer. Solution structures of the complexes along with binding studies in solution between 1 and L have also been investigated. The morphology of the polymeric complex 1·L2 on silicon wafer surface was examined by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) in which the crystalline islands of well defined facets of size ranging from 200-550 nm perimeter and a height of 20-40 nm have been observed.

• Synthesis of monomeric and polymeric alkali and alkaline earth metal complexes using a phosphinoselenoic amide ligand in metal coordination sphere

We report the monomeric complexes of magnesium and calcium of composition [M(THF)$_n${$\eta^2$-Ph2P(Se)N(CMe3)}2] [M= Mg (3), n = 1 andM = Ca (4), n = 2)] and polymeric complexes of potassium and barium of composition [K(THF)2{Ph2P(Se)N(CMe3)}]$_n$ (2) and [K(THF)Ba{Ph2P(Se)N(CMe3)}3]$_n$(5) respectively. The potassium complex 2 was readily prepared by the reaction of potassium bis(trimethylsilyl)amide with phosphinoselenoic amide ligand (1) at ambient temperature. The calcium complex 4 was prepared by two synthetic routes: in the first method, commonly known as salt metathesis reaction, the potassium complex 2 was made to react with alkaline earth metal diiodide at room temperature to afford the corresponding calcium complex. The metal bis(trimethylsilyl)amides were made to react with protic ligand 1 in the second method to eliminate the volatile bis(trimethyl)silyl amine. The magnesium complex 3 and barium complex 5 were prepared only through the first method. Solid-state structures of all the new complexes were established by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The smaller ionic radii of Mg2+ (0.72Å) and Ca2+ (0.99Å) ions form the monomeric complex, whereas the larger ions K+ (1.38Å) and Ba2+ (1.35Å) were found to form onedimensional polymeric complexes with monoanionic ligand 1. Compound 2 serves an example of magnesium complex with a Mg-Se direct bond.

• 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)

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.

• Self-assembly of self-assembled molecular triangles

A rare variety of self-assembledmolecular triangle [Pd3(bpy)3(imidazolate)3](NO3)3, 1 is prepared by the combination of Pd(bpy)(NO3)2 with imidazole, at 1:1 ratio, in acetonitrile-water. Deprotonation of imidazole happened during the course of the complexation reaction where upon the metallomacrocycle is formed. The bowl-shaped trinuclear architecture of 1 is crafted with three peripheral bpy units capable of 𝜋 - 𝜋 stacking interactions. While the solution state structure of 1 can be best described as a trinuclear complex, in the solidstate well-fashioned intermolecular $\pi - \pi$ and CH-𝜋 interactions are observed. Thus, in the solid-state further self-assembly of already self-assembled molecular triangle is witnessed. The triangular panels are arranged in a linear manner utilizing intermolecular 𝜋 - 𝜋 interactions where upon two out of three bpy units of each molecule participated in the chain formation.

• Synthesis and crystal structure of a wheel-shaped supramolecular coordination complex

Supramolecular coordination complex (SCC) possessing spatially arranged three anthraquinone dimers in a slipped-cofacial orientation was achieved by the treatment of Re2(CO)10, 2-hydroxymethylanthraquinone and tritopic N-donor via fac-Re(CO)3-directed one pot approach. The off-set 𝜋-stacking and C≡O…H bonding interactions stabilize the ring structure.

• Identification of a (H2O)8 cluster in a supramolecular host of a charge transfer platinum(II) complex

The chemical reaction of PtII(L1)Cl2 [L1 = 2-(phenylazo)pyridine] with a bidentate N,S-donor atom ligand, 2-phenylthioaniline, (HL2) in alkaline acetonitrile yielded a mixed ligand donor acceptor complex, [PtII(L1)(L2)−]Cl, [1]Cl. The complex has been characterized by using a host of physical methods: X-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance, cyclic voltammetry, absorption spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance. The complex showed intense interligand charge transfer (ILCT) transition in the long wavelength region of UV-vis spectrum at 785 nm. The single-crystal X-ray structure of complex, [1]Cl·2.6H2O is reported. The cationic complex upon crystallization from aqueous methanol solvent produces an assembly of three dimensional (H2O)8 guest moiety within the host lattice of reference Pt-complex. The water assembly showed a unique type of aggregation of two trigonal pyramids hydrogen bonded with three chloride anions. The complex displayed two reversible responses at −0.34 and −1.05 V along with one irreversible anodic response at 0.91 V versus Ag/AgCl reference electrode. The redox processes are characterized by examination of EPR spectra of the electrogenerated complexes.

• Construction of diverse supramolecular assemblies of dimetal subunits differing in coordinated water molecules via strong hydrogen bonding interactions: Synthesis, crystal structures and spectroscopic properties

Three new supramolecular assemblies (constructed through strong hydrogen bonding) of [Co2(bpta)2(adc)(H2O)4](ClO4)2.2H2O (1), [Cu2(bpta)2(fum)(H2O)2](ClO4)2 (2) and [Cu2(bpta)2(tdc)(H2O) (ClO4)](ClO4).3H2O (3), which are synthesised by one pot self-assembly of the metal salt, bpta ligand and the corresponding dicarboxylate under the same reaction conditions, are reported (where adc = acetylene dicarboxylate, fum = fumarate, tdc = 2,5-thiophenedicarboxylate and bpta = N,N'-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)-tertbutylamine). These compounds have varying degrees of coordinatedwater molecules per dimetal subunits (four for 1, two for 2 and one for 3, respectively). Furthermore, the orientation of the coordinated water molecules in 1 and 2, with respect to the mono (carboxylato)-bridged dimetal subunit, is different (cis and trans, respectively). On the other hand, there is a coordinated perchlorate ion in 3 making the two metal centers inequivalent. Unlike 1 and 3, there are no lattice water molecules in 2. This difference in the dimetal subunit in 1-3 and the presence or absence of the lattice water molecules are the keys to forming the diverse supramolecular assemblies. In 1 and 3, the involvement of lattice water molecules in the construction of such assemblies is distinctly different. In case of 2, the formation of supramolecular assembly depends on the coordinated water molecule (trans to each other) and thus a ladder shaped supramolecular assembly is the result. The strength of hydrogen bonding observed in the networks of 1-3 is indicated in the O…O distances (2.596 Å to 3.160 Å) and the OH…O angles 124° to 176°. All are characterised by elemental analysis, FTIR spectroscopy and single crystal X-ray diffraction studies.

• Coordination of lanthanide cation to an Anderson type polyoxometalate anion leads to isomorphous metal-oxide based one-dimensional inorganic solids: Synthesis, crystal structure and spectroscopy

One-dimensional isomorphous inorganic polymers containing Anderson type heteropoly anion as a basic building unit, namely [La(H2O)7Cr(OH)6Mo6O18]$_n$·4nH2O (1), [Gd(H2O)7Cr(OH)6Mo6O18]$_n$·4nH2O (2), [Gd(H2O)7Al(OH)6Mo6O18]$_n$·4nH2O (3), and [Eu(H2O)7Al(OH)6Mo6O18]$_n$·4nH2O (4) have been synthesized and studied by the powdered X-ray diffraction, TGA, IR, electronic and ESR spectroscopy, and unambiguously by single crystal X-ray crystallography. Isomorphous compounds 1-4 are crystallized in orthorhombic system with $Pca2_1$ space group. The crystal structure analysis reveals a one-dimensional extended chain in which the Anderson type heteropolyanion, acting as the building unit, is linked by rare earth metal ions in a zig-zag fashion. In the crystal structure, all types of oxygens of the heteropolyanion, lattice waters, lanthanum coordinated waters are extensively involved in O—H…O hydrogen bonding interactions. Compounds are additionally characterized by UV-visible and ESR spectroscopy.

• Synthesis, characterization and self-assembly of Co3+ complexes appended with phenol and catechol groups

This work presents the syntheses, characterization and hydrogen bonding based self-assembly of Co3+ complexes of pyridine-amide based bidentate ligands containing appended phenol and catechol groups. Placement of multiple hydrogen bond donors (phenolic OH and amidic NH groups) and acceptors (Oamide groups) in these molecules results in interesting self-assembled architectures.

• Palladium complexes of pyrrole-2-aldehyde thiosemicarbazone: Synthesis, structure and spectral properties

Reaction of pyrrole-2-aldehyde thiosemicarbazone (abbreviated as H2L, where H2 stands for the two potentially dissociable protons) with [Pd(PPh3)2Cl2] in ethanol in the presence of NEt3 afforded two complexes, [Pd(PPh3)(HLNS)Cl] and [Pd(PPh3)(LNNS)], where the thiosemicarbazone ligand is coordinated to the metal centre respectively as monoanionic N,S-donor (depicted by HLNS) and dianionic N,N,S-donor (depicted by LNNS). Similar reaction with Na2[PdCl4] afforded a bis-complex, [Pd(HLNS)2]. Crystal structures of all the three complexes have been determined.With reference to the structure of the uncoordinated thiosemicarbazone (H2L), the N,S-coordinationmode observed in [Pd(PPh3)(HLNS)Cl] and [Pd(HLNS)2] is associated with a geometrical change around the imine bond.While the N,N,S-mode of binding observed in [Pd(PPh3)(LNNS)] takes place without any such geometrical change. All three complexes display intense absorptions in the visible and ultraviolet regions, which have been analyzed by TDDFT method.

• Palladium complexes of a new type of N-heterocyclic carbene ligand derived from a tricyclic triazolooxazine framework

A new type of tricyclic triazolooxazine derived N-heterocyclic carbene precursors were developed by the alkylation reaction of a tricyclic triazolooxazine framework. In particular, the reaction of 5a,6,7,8,9,9ahexahydro-4𝐻-benzo[𝑏][1,2,3]triazolo[1,5-𝑑][1,4]oxazine with methyl iodide and ethyl iodide yielded the tricyclic triazolooxazine derived N-heterocyclic carbene precursors, (1−2)a, in 67−84% yield. The tricyclic triazolooxazinium iodide salts, (1−2)a, underwent metallation in a straight forward manner upon treatment with PdCl2 in the presence of K2CO3 in pyridine to give the trans-{3-(R)-5a,6,7,8,9,9a-hexahydro-4𝐻-benzo[𝑏][1,2,3]triazolo[1,5-𝑑][1,4]oxazin-4-ylidene} PdI2(pyridine) [R = Me (1b), Et (2b)] complexes in 23−25% yield. The new tricyclic triazolooxazine derived N-heterocyclic carbene moiety, as stabilized upon binding to palladium in the (1−2)b complexes, was structurally characterized by the X-ray single crystal diffraction studies.

• Synthesis and structure of bis(𝛽-dibenzoyl methanato -O,O′) (aquo-O) dioxouranium (VI) compound

The compound [UO2(C6H5COCHCOC6H5)2.H2O] was synthesized and characterized by IR, 1H NMR and CHN analysis. Structure of the compound shows that the uranium atom is surrounded by seven oxygen atoms in a pentagonal bi-pyramidal geometry. The water molecule is hydrogen bonded to another molecule via the uranyl and 𝛽-diketonate oxygen atoms to give a linear zig-zag arrangement along the `a' axis. The whole molecule is stabilized in solid state by various intermolecular hydrogen bonding interactions.

• How strongly are the magnetic anisotropy and coordination numbers correlated in lanthanide based molecular magnets?

Ab initio CASSCF+RASSI-SO investigations on a series of lanthanide complexes [LnIII = Dy(1), Tb(2), Ce(3), Nd(4), Pr(5) and Sm(6)] have been undertaken and in selected cases (for 1, 2, 3 and 4) coordination number (C.N.) around the LnIII ion has been gradually varied to ascertain the effect of C.N. on the magnetic anisotropy. Our calculations reveal that complex 3 possesses the highest barrier height for reorientation of magnetisation (Ueff) and predict that 3 is likely to exhibit Single Molecule Magnet (SMM) behaviour. Complex 5 on the other hand is predicted to preclude any SMM behaviour as there is no intrinsic barrier for reorientation of magnetization. Ground state anisotropy of all the complexes show mixed behaviour ranging from pure Ising type to fully rhombic behaviour. Coordination number around the lanthanide ion is found to alter the magnetic behaviour of all the lanthanide complexes studied and this is contrary to the general belief that the lanthanide ions are inert and exert small ligand field interaction.High symmetric low-coordinate LnIII complexes are found to yield large Ueff values and thus should be the natural targets for achieving very large blocking temperatures.

• Main group chemistry of 9-hydroxophenalenone: Syntheses and structural characterization of the alkaline earth and zinc complexes

Herein, we report the synthesis and characterization of 9-hydroxophenalenone based alkaline earth and zinc complexes.The reaction of 9-hydroxophenalenone (HO,O-PLY (1)) with one equivalent of KN(SiMe3)2 and MI2 in THF yields heteroleptic complexes [(O,O-PLY)M(THF)$_n$]I [M= Mg (2), Ca (3), Sr (4), Ba (5); n = 1-4], while use of two equivalents of KN(SiMe3)2 in THF (with respect to PLY) produces homoleptic complex (O,O-PLY)2Mg(THF)2 (6). Moreover, reaction between two equivalents of 1 with one equivalent of ZnMe2 in THF produces complex (O,O-PLY)2Zn(THF)2 (7). All these complexes were characterized by NMR spectroscopy and elemental analyses. The solid state structures of complexes 2, 6 and 7 were established by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis.

• Synthesis, spectral and structural properties of bis-imidazoline selones

New biphenyl derivatives of bis-imidazoline selones were synthesized in good yield and characterized by multinuclear (1D and 2D) NMR and UV-vis studies. The solid state structures of bis-imidazoline selones were further confirmed by single crystal X ray diffraction technique.

• Dimetallaheteroborane clusters containing group 16 elements: A combined experimental and theoretical study

Recently we described the synthesis and structural characterization of various dimetallaherteroborane clusters, namely nido-[(CpMo)2B4ECl$_x$H$_{6−x}$], 1-3; (1: E = S, x = 0; 2: E = Se, x = 0; 3: E = Te, x = 1). A combined theoretical and experimental study was also performed, which demonstrated that the clusters 1-3 with their open face are excellent precursors for cluster growth reaction. In this investigation process on the reactivity of dimetallaheteroboranes with metal carbonyls, in addition to [(CpMo)2B4H6EFe(CO)3] (4: E = S, 6: E = Te) reported earlier, reaction of 2 with [Fe2(CO)9] yielded mixed-metallaselenaborane [(CpMo)2B4H6SeFe(CO)3], 5 in good yield. The quantum chemical calculation using DFT method has been carried out to probe the bonding, NMR chemical shifts and electronic properties of dimolybdaheteroborane clusters 4-6.

• Crystal growth, structure and magnetic properties of Sm3Ni5Al19: A compound in the Sm$_{2n+m}$Ni$_{4n+m}$Al$_{15n+4m}$ homologous series

Sm3Ni5Al19 was obtained as large rod shaped single crystals from reactive aluminium flux. Single crystal X-ray diffraction suggests that Sm3Ni5Al19 crystallizes in the Gd3Ni5Al19 structure type, orthorhombic space group $Cmcm$ and lattice constants 𝑎 = 4.0974(1) Å, 𝑏 = 16.0172(6)Å and 𝑐 = 27.0774(10) Å. Sm3Ni5Al19 is a member of the Sm$_{2n+m}$Ni$_{4n+m}$Al$_{15n+4m}$ series with n = 1 and m = 1. The crystal structure of Sm3Ni5Al19 consists of SmNiAl4 and Sm2Al4Al15 slabs intergrown along the 𝑏-axis. Magnetic susceptibility data on Sm3Ni5Al19 confirms the paramagnetic nature with a complicated magnetic ordering below 18 K. The inverse susceptibility data follows modified Curie-Weiss law above 150 K with effective magnetic moment 1.3 $\mu_{\text{B}}$/Sm atoms suggests trivalent Sm atoms.

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