The effects of tripodal ligands on charge distribution in cobalt(III)-catecholate and cobalt(II)-semiquinonate compounds
Three monomeric cobalt compounds, [Co(PzPy2)(3,5-DBcat)]·PF6 (1), [Co(Pz2Py)(3,5-DBsq)]·BPh4 (2) and [Co(Pz3)(3,5-DBsq)]·PF6 (3), have been synthesized, where PzPy2 = (3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrazol-1-yl)-N,N-bis(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)methanamine, Pz2Py = (3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrazol-1-yl)-N-((3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrazol-1-yl)methyl)-N-(pyridine-2-ylmethyl)methanamine and Pz3 = tris((3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrazol-1-yl)methyl)amine, respectively. Compound 1 consist of low-spin Co(III) ion and diamagnetic cat2− (Cols-III–DBcat2−) over the temperature regions observed, while compounds 2 and 3 as high-spin cobalt(II) ion and paramagnetic semiquinonate radical (Cohs-II–DBsq−) state are stable in the whole temperature range. No temperature-dependent valence tautomeric transitions were observed in these compounds, and the reason caused the distinct charge distribution on cobalt ion and dioxolene ligands assigned to the natural flexibility and steric hindrance of the tripodal ligands. Magnetic studies indicate that very weak antiferromagnetic interactions are presented between the high-spin Co(II) ion and semiquinonate ligands in 2 and 3. Pressure effects on the magnetic properties were performed, which showed that no pressure-induced valence tautomeric transitions were occurred on 2 and 3. Meanwhile, antiferromagnetic coupling in 2 and 3 are clearly enlarged under external pressure. Three monomeric cobalt compounds have been synthesized, respectively. The distinct charge distribution on cobalt ion and dioxolene ligands is assigned to the natural flexibility and steric hindrance of the tripodal ligands. âº Three monomeric cobalt compounds containing similar tripodal ligands have been synthesized. âº Weak antiferromagnetic interactions are presented between Co(II) ion and semiquinonate ligands. âº Pressure effects on the magnetic properties were performed.