Coordination polymers of 5,5′-dithiobis(2-nitrobenzoic acid): Synthesis, structure and topology

Hatem M. Titi, Goutam Nandi, Ranjit Thakuria, Israel Goldberg*

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In this work we report on new coordination assemblies of the 5,5′-dithiobis(2-nitrobenzoic acid) acid (H2L) with Ce(III), La(III), Pr(III), Tb(III)) and Cd(II) metal ions. Two different secondary building units (SBUs) of di-nuclear metal clusters are observed in [Ce2(L)3(DMA)3(H2O)4]n·DMA (1; L = doubly deprotonated anion of H2L, DMA = N,N-dimethylacetamide), the structure of which represents a 2D coordination polymer. The reactions of H2L with La- and Pr-metal salts yielded two isomorphous structures of [Ln(L)(DMF)(H2O)(HCOO)]n, Ln = La (2), Pr (3) (DMF = N,N-dimethylformamide), characterized by coordination networking in two dimensions as well. In similar reaction conditions complexation of the organic ligand with Tb ions resulted in the formation of 1D polymeric chains of [Tb(L)(DMA)2(NO3)]n·H2O (4). The conformation of the ligand in these structures is characterized by a ≥90° dihedral angle about the central S-S bond. In the reaction of Cd ions with H2L in the presence of 4,4′-bipyridyl (bpy) a 2D coordination network of [Cd(L)(bpy)(H2O)]n (5) was obtained, revealing an acute C-S-S-C torsion angle of 83.3° about the central bond. Similar reaction in the absence of bpy yields yet a different product, [Cd(L12)(DMF)]n (6) (L12 = dissociated 5-thio-2-nitrobenzoate moiety). Its formation involves breaking of the S-S bond, and coordination of the two separate thio-2-nitrobenzoate parts to the Cd ion through their S-sites. Compounds 1-6 have been analyzed by X-ray diffraction techniques and infrared spectroscopy, throwing light on the preferred molecular shape of this ligand and its coordination patterns with the various metal ions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-63
Number of pages9
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
StatePublished - 24 Feb 2015


  • 55′-Dithiobis(2-nitrobenzoic acid)
  • Coordination polymers
  • Crystal structure
  • Topology


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