Crystal structures of [Cu(phen)(H2O)3(MF6)]·H2O (M = Ti, Zr, Hf) and [Cu(phen)(H2O)2F]2[HfF6]·H2O

Matthew L. Nisbet, Kenneth R. Poeppelmeier*

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The crystal structures of three bridged bimetallic molecular compounds, namely, triaqua-2κ3 O-μ-fluorido-pentafluorido-1κ5 F-(1,10-phenanthroline-2κ2 N,N′)copper(II)titanium(IV) monohydrate, [Cu(TiF6)(phen)(H2O)3]·H2O (phen is 1,10-phenanthroline, C12H8N2), (I), triaqua-2κ3 O-μ-fluorido-pentafluorido-1κ5 F-(1,10-phenanthroline-2κ2 N,N′)copper(II)zirconium(IV) monohydrate, [Cu(ZrF6)(phen)(H2O)3]·H2O, (II), and triaqua-2κ3 O-μ-fluorido-pentafluorido-1κ5 F-(1,10-phenanthroline-2κ2 N,N′)copper(II)hafnium(IV) monohydrate, [Cu(HfF6)(phen)(H2O)3]·H2O, (III), and one molecular salt, bis[diaquafluorido(1,10-phenanthroline-κ2 N,N′)copper(II)] hexafluoridohafnate(IV) dihydrate, [CuF(phen)(H2O)2]2[HfF6]·2H2O, (IV), are reported. The bridged bimetallic compounds adopt Λ-shaped configurations, with the octahedrally coordinated copper(II) center linked to the fluorinated early transition metal via a fluoride linkage. The extended structures of these Λ-shaped compounds are organized through both intra- and intermolecular hydrogen bonds and intermolecular π-π stacking. The salt compound [Cu(phen)(H2O)2F]2[HfF6]·H2O displays an isolated square-pyramidal Cu(phen)(H2O)2F+ complex linked to other cationic complexes and isolated HfF6 2- anions through intermolecular hydrogen-bonding interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-170
Number of pages6
JournalActa Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications
StatePublished - Feb 1 2021


  • crystal structures
  • d early transition metals
  • hydrothermal synthesis
  • lambda (Λ)-shapes

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  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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