Manganese(III) in a pseudo-compressed mixed-donor octahedral environment: Synthesis, X-ray crystal structure and physicochemical properties

Musa S. Shongwe*, Sandy K. Vandayar, Manuel A. Fernandes, Helder M. Marques, Michael J. Morris, Sarah L. Heath

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The compound [C5H10NH2][MnL2] [H2L = N-(2-hydroxynaphthalen-l-yl)sarcosine] has been synthesised and characterised using single-crystal X-ray crystallography, spectroscopy and magnetic susceptibility measurements. The crystallographic asymmetric unit displays two similar, independent [MnL2]- complex ions linked via piperidinium cations through hydrogen bonding. The complex ions are alternating and arranged in two non-interacting parallel chains. Each of the complex ions is six-co-ordinate with the donor atoms, provided by the two bifunctional tridentate sarcosinato ligands, being amine nitrogen atoms and carboxylate and naphtholate oxygen atoms. The anionic ligands are co-ordinated facially and are related by a crystallographic centre of inversion at the manganese ion. The mean bond distances Mn-Onaphtholate (1.885 Å), Mn-Ocarboxylate (2.069 Å) and Mn-Namine (2.198 Å) for the two molecules point to a pseudo-compressed octahedral geometry about the Mn(III) ion consistent with a pseudo-Jahn-Teller compression. IR spectroscopy corroborates the unidentate co-ordination fashion of the carboxylate group of the sarcosinato ligand and confirms the presence of the piperidinium cation. The room temperature effective magnetic moment, (8χT)1/2, is indicative of spin-only paramagnetism. As shown by the temperature dependence of the reciprocal of the magnetic susceptibility (χ-1), the magnetic behaviour of [C5H10NH2][MnL2] in the temperature range 5-300 K is in conformity with the Curie-Weiss law, χ = C/(T-θ), with θ = -0.12 K.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2195-2201
Number of pages7
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - Jul 15 2001


  • Jahn-Teller distortion
  • Magnetic susceptibility
  • Manganese(III) complex
  • Spectroscopy
  • X-ray crystallography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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