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Beheshti, Azizolla; Nozarian, Kimia; Babadi, Susan Soleymani; Noorizadeh, Siamak; Motamedi, Hossein; Mayer, Peter; Bruno, Giuseppe; Rudbari, Hadi Amiri (2017): Structural variability in Cu(I) and Ag(I) coordination polymers with a flexible dithione ligand: Synthesis, crystal structure, microbiological and theoretical studies. In: Journal of Solid State Chemistry, Vol. 249: pp. 70-79
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Abstract

Two new compounds namely [Cu(SCN)(mu-L)](n) (1) and {[Ag (mu(2)-L)](ClO4)}(n) (2) have been synthesized at room temperature by one-pot reactions between the 1,1-(1,4-butanediyl)bis(1,3-dihydro-3-methyl-1H-imidazole-2-thione) (L) and appropriate copper(I) and silver(I) salts. These polymers have been characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction, XRPD, TGA, elemental analysis, infrared spectroscopy, antibacterial activity and scanning probe microscopy studies. In the crystal structure of 1, copper atoms have a distorted trigonal planar geometry with a CuS2N coordination environment. Each of the ligands in the structure of 1 acting as a bidentate S-bridging ligand to form a 1D chain structure. Additionally, the adjacent 1D chains are interconnected by the intermolecular C-H center dot center dot center dot S interactions to create a 2D network structure. In contrast to 1, in the cationic 3D structure of 2 each of the silver atoms exhibits an AgS4 tetrahedral geometry with 4-membered Ag2S2 rings. In the structure of 2, the flexible ligand adopts two different conformations;gauche-anti-gauche and anti-anti-anti. The antibacterial studies of these polymers showed that polymer 2 is more potent antibacterial agent than 1. Scanning probe microscopy (SPM) study of the treated bacteria was carried out to investigate the structural changes cause by the interactions between the polymers and target bacteria. Theoretical study of polymer 1 investigated by the DFT calculations indicates that observed transitions at 266 nm and 302 nm in the UV-vis spectrum could be attributed to the pi ->pi* and MLCT transitions, respectively.