Mono- and dinuclear Fe(III) complexes with the N2O2 donor 5-chlorosalicylideneimine ligands; synthesis, X-ray structural characterization and magnetic properties
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Two novel monomeric [C18H17Cl3N2O2Fe] (1) and dimeric [C38H36N4O4Cl6Fe2] (2) Fe(III) tetradentate Schiff base complexes have been synthesized and their crystal structures have been determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. In complex (1) the Schiff base ligand coordinates toward one iron atom in a tetradentate mode and each iron atom is five coordinated with the coordination geometry around iron atom which can be described as a distorted square pyramid. The presence of a short (2.89 angstrom) non-bonding interatomic Fe center dot center dot center dot O distances between adjacent monomeric Fe(III) complexes results in the formation of a dimer. Structural analysis of compound (2) shows that the structure is a centrosymmetric dimer in which the six coordinated Fe(III) atoms are linked by mu-phenoxo bridges from one of the phenolic oxygen atoms of each Schiff base ligand to the opposite metal center. The variable-temperature (2-300 K) magnetic susceptibility (chi) data of these two compounds have been investigated. The results show that for both complexes Fe(III) centers are in the high spin configuration (S = 5/2) and indicate antiferromagnetic spin-exchange interaction between Fe(III) ions. The obtained results are briefly discussed using magnetostructural correlations developed for other class of iron(III) complexes.