Journal of Cluster Science

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 485–499 | Cite as

Synthesis, Crystal Structures and Magnetic Properties of Three New Polynuclear Cu(II) Complexes Based on the Methoxybenzoate Isomers

  • Jian-Qing Xu
  • Yue-Qing Zheng
  • Hong-Lin Zhu
  • Wei Xu
Original Paper


In this paper, self-assembly reactions of copper(II) ions, methoxybenzoate isomers and 2,2′-bipyridine yield two copper-oxygen polynuclear complexes: [Cu2(bpy)2(2-C8H7O3)3]·(2-C8H7O3)·14H2O 1, [Cu4(bpy)4(H2O)(OH)4]·4(3-C8H7O3)·17H2O 2, and a simple mononuclear complex [Cu(bpy)(H2O)(4-C8H7O3)2] 3. (bpy = 2,2′-bipyridine, C8H7O3 = methoxybenzoate ion). Single crystal X-ray diffraction analyses reval that compound 1 is a dinuclear copper(II) complex which bridged by three carboxylate groups, and 2 presents a discrete step-like tetra-nuclear copper Cu4O4 core. Compound 3 shows a square pyramidal mononuclear geometry. The magnetic susceptibility of complex 1 measured from 2 to 300 K, revealed an antiferromagnetic interaction between the Cu(II) ions. Furthermore, the results about IR spectra and thermal analyses were discussed.


Copper(II) complexes Crystal structures Methoxybenzoate isomers Magnetic properties 



This project was supported by the Department of Education of Zhejiang Province and K. C. Wong Magna Fund in Ningbo University.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jian-Qing Xu
    • 1
  • Yue-Qing Zheng
    • 1
  • Hong-Lin Zhu
    • 1
  • Wei Xu
    • 1
  1. 1.Center of Applied Solid State Chemistry ResearchNingbo UniversityNingboPeople’s Republic of China

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