Hydrothermal synthesis of orotic acid (H3L) with Ni(OAc)(2) (.) 4H(2)O gives a green ID co-ordinative network of composition [Ni(HL)(H2O)(3)] (3). The kinetic product [Ni(HL) (.) (H2O)]H2O (4) can be prepared by conventional crystallisation. When boiled in water it is transformed into the thermodynamically favoured trihydrate 3. An unstable blue phase 5 that could not be characterised was also observed. Hydrothermal synthesis of orotic acid and M(OAc)(2) (.) 4H(2)O (M = Ni, Co, Mn or Zn) and either 2,2-bipyridyl (bipy), 2,2-dipyridylamine (dpa), phenanthroline (phen), methyl-3-(2-pyridyl)pyrazole (pypz) or 2,9-dimethyl-1,10-phenanthroline (dmphen) gave infinite 1D co-ordinative networks of composition [M(HL)bipy(H2O)] (M = Co or Mn) (6-7) and complexes of composition [Ni(HL)bipy (H2O)(2)]2H(2)O (8); [Ni(HL)(dpa)(H2O)(2)]H2O (9); [Ni(HL)(phen)(H2O2)](.)2H(2)O (10); [Ni(HL)(C9H9N3)(H2O)(2)](.)2H(2)O (11); [Ni(HL)(dmphen)(H2O)] (12); [Zn(HL)bipy(H2O)] (13) and [Ni(HL)(dpa)(2)](H2O)-H-. (14). (C) 2002 Published by Elsevier Science B.V.
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