Organic-inorganic hybrid mixed-halide ZnIIand CdIItetrahalometallates with the 2-methylimidazo[1,5-a]pyridinium cation

Olga Yu Vassilyeva, Elena A. Buvaylo, Vladimir N. Kokozay, Brian W. Skelton

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Three isomorphous 0-D hybrid salts, namely, 2-methylimidazo[1,5-a]pyridinium trichloridoiodidozincate(II), (C8H9N2)2[ZnCl3.19I0.81] or [L]2[ZnCl3.19I0.81], (I), 2-methylimidazo[1,5-a]pyridinium dibromidodichloridocadmate(II), (C8H9N2)2[CdBr2.42Cl1.58] or [L]2[CdBr2.42Cl1.58], (II), and 2-methylimidazo[1,5-a]pyridinium trichloridoiodidocadmate(II), (C8H9N2)2[CdCl3.90I0.10] or [L]2[CdCl3.90I0.10], (III), are assembled from discrete 2-methylimidazo[1,5-a]pyridinium cations, L +, and mixed-halide tetrahalometallate anions. In the three structures, there are two crystallographically non-equivalent cations that were modelled as being rotationally disordered by 180°. In the lattices of the three compounds, a disordered state exists involving partial substitution of Cl by I for sites 2-4 in (I), Br by Cl for all four sites in (II) and Cl by I for site 2 in (III). In the solid state, the organic and inorganic sheets alternate parallel to the bc plane in a pseudo-layered arrangement. In the organic layer, pairs of centrosymmetically related trans-oriented cations form π-bonded chains. The adjacent tetrahalometallate anions in the inorganic layer show no connectivity with the shortest M..M separations being greater than 7Å. A variety of C-H..X-M (X = Cl, Br, I) contacts between the organic and inorganic counterparts provide additional structural stabilization. The title structures are isomorphous with the previously reported structures of the chloride analogues, [L]2[ZnCl4] and [L]2[CdCl4].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-364
Number of pages6
JournalActa Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2022


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