Synthesis and magnetic properties of a copper cube: [Cu4(OH)4(C16H18N2)4]4+ (ClO4)4 C3H6O [C16H18N2 = (E)-1,6-[di(pyridin-4-yl)hex-3-ene

M. John Plater (Corresponding Author), Amara Darr, Catriona Crawford, Craig Murray, Struan Simpson, William T. A. Harrison, Juan M. Clemente-Juan

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The synthesis of a Cu4(OH)4 cube which is coordinated by four molecules of the dipyridyl ligand 1,6‐[di(pyridin‐4‐yl)hex‐3‐ene] is reported. This compound has a trans double bond which restricts the conformational freedom of the ligand and favours coordination within a unique copper cube. The structure was solved by an X‐Ray single crystal structure determination and low temperature magnetic susceptibility measurements examined its magnetic properties. The cube classification corresponds to the type I classification of Mergehenn and Haase and the short/long distribution of Cu ⋅⋅⋅ Cu separations in the cube as defined by Ruiz. The magnetic susceptibility measurements show paramagnetic behaviour down to 50 K but below this the copper cube shows weak ferromagnetic exchange interactions. The low temperature magnetic susceptibility characteristics are examined in detail then modelled and compared to other similar Cu4O4 copper cubes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1204-1208
Number of pages8
Issue number9
Early online date11 Sep 2019
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019


  • copper(II) perchlorate
  • hydroxyl ion
  • cube
  • (E)-1,6-[di(pyridin-4-yl)hex-3-ene]


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