Synthesis, crystal structures and photophysical properties of novel tetranuclear cadmium(II) Schiff-base complexes

Wing Kit Lo, Wai Kwok Wong, Wai Yeung Wong, Jianping Guo

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The synthesis and structural characterisation of some new tetranuclear cadmium(II) Schiff-base complexes were described. Reaction of the hexadentate Schiff-base ligands (H2L) with an excess of cadmium(II) acetate, Cd(OAc)2, furnished novel tetracadmium complexes of the general formula [Cd4(L)2(OAc)4], which exhibit an interesting three-dimensional cage-like structure of four ligand-supported cadmium atoms. All of the complexes were fully characterised by spectroscopic (FTIR, NMR and FAB MS) methods and their molecular structures were confirmed by single-crystal X-ray analysis. The X-ray crystal structures of these tetranuclear Schiff-base complexes represent the first structurally characterised examples of this kind for the cadmium triad. These new complexes were found to display rich photophysical properties and they all exhibited low-temperature phosphorescence in the frozen state. KGaA, 2005.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3950-3954
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Cadmium
  • Crystal structures
  • Phosphorescence
  • Schiff bases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry

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