The ligand 2,7-bis(6-methyl-2-pyridyl)-1,8-naphthyridine (MeL) acts as a dinucleating analogue of ubiquitous 2,2′-bipyridine ligands. Coordination of MeL to [Cu(NCMe)4]PF6 and Zn(OAc)2 led to isolation of monometallic [Zn(OAc)2(MeL)], homobimetallic [Cu2(MeL)2][PF6]2, and heterobimetallic [CuZn(μ-OAc)2(MeL)]PF6 complexes. The redox-active nature of the ligand enables access to four redox states of the complex [Cu2(MeL)2][PF6]2. DFT studies indicate that these comprise a metal-centered oxidative and ligand-centered reductive processes.
- copper complexes
- zinc complexes
- Dinucleating Bis(bipyridine) Ligand