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Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Volume 2014, Article ID 461546, 9 pages
Research Article

Synthesis and Characterisation of New Symmetrical Binucleating Ligands and Their Binuclear Copper(II) Complexes

Department of Chemistry, Bharathidasan Institute of Technology, Anna University, Tiruchirappalli 620024, India

Received 17 August 2013; Revised 27 October 2013; Accepted 10 November 2013; Published 2 January 2014

Academic Editor: Andrea Bencini

Copyright © 2014 K. Jothivenkatachalam and S. Chandra Mohan. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


New symmetrical binucleating ligands N,N-bis[2-hydroxy-5-methyl-3-(4-methyl-piperazinomethyl)benzyl]-alkylamines L1 and L2 and their copper(II) complexes [Cu2L(X)2]·2H2O, where X = CH3COO, C6H5COO, Cl, and , were prepared and characterised. All the complexes undergo quasi-reversible reduction at negative potential (E = −0.48 to −1.02 V). The acetate and benzoate complexes undergo a two-step single electron transfer at –0.48 to –0.60 V and −0.9 to −1.02 V. The chloro and perchlorate complexes undergo a single step two-electron transfer at −0.55 to −0.75 V. Variable temperature magnetic studies show the presence of weak exchange interaction for acetate (−2 J around 25 to 40 cm−1) and benzoate (−2 J around 45 to 55 cm−1) bridged complexes and no exchange interaction is found for chloro and perchlorate complexes. ESR spectra of chloro and perchlorate complexes are like mononuclear copper(II) complexes with hyperfine splitting (A = 165 ± 5, = 2.17–2.23, and = 2.05–2.10). The ESR spectra of acetate and benzoate complexes are like binuclear copper(II) complexes with broad signal ( = 2.2).