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Zinc(II) mediated synthesis of an N-substituted 2-(2-pyridyl)imidazole from a 1,2-diketone and 2-(aminomethyl)pyridine and its ligational behaviour

Drew, M.G.B., Tocher, D.A. , Chowdhury, K. , Chowdhury, S. and Datta, D. (2004) Zinc(II) mediated synthesis of an N-substituted 2-(2-pyridyl)imidazole from a 1,2-diketone and 2-(aminomethyl)pyridine and its ligational behaviour. New Journal of Chemistry, 28 (2). pp. 323-325. ISSN 1144-0546

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Abstract/Summary

Reaction of anhydrous ZnCl2 with the 1:2 condensate (L) of benzil and 2-(aminomethyl)pyridine in methanol gives monomeric ZnL'Cl-2 (1) where L' is 2-[(4,5-diphenyl-2-pyridin-2-yl-1H-imidazol-1-yl)-methyl]pyridine. In the X-ray crystal structure, 1 is found to contain tetrahedral zinc with an N2Cl2 coordination sphere and the N-substituent methylpyridine fragment hanging as a free arm. A tentative mechanism is proposed for the zinc mediated conversion of L-->L'. Demetallation of 1 by the action of aqueous NaOH yields L' in the free state. When L' is reacted with Zn(ClO4)(2).6H(2)O in a 1:2 molar proportion, [Zn(L')(2)](n)(ClO4)(2n).(H2O)(n/2).(CH2Cl2)(n/2) (2) is obtained. The zinc atom in 2, as revealed by X-ray crystallography, has a trigonal bipyramidal N-5 coordination sphere. There are two independent ligands in the asymmetric unit of 2. One of them bonds only to one zinc atom in a bidentate mode with the N-substituent methylpyridine hanging free while the other ligand binds to two different zinc atoms in a tridentate fashion, employing the N-substituent methylpyridine nitrogen atom to form the polymeric one-dimensional chain cation.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:11232
Uncontrolled Keywords:ALCOHOL-DEHYDROGENASE

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