Acta Crystallographica Section E

Structure Reports Online

Volume 69, Part 5 (May 2013)

metal-organic compounds

Acta Cryst. (2013). E69, m286-m287    [ doi:10.1107/S1600536813010696 ]

[mu]3-Methoxido-[kappa]3O:O:O-tris­([mu]-L-p-tyrosinato-[kappa]3N,O:O)tris­(L-p-tyrosinato-[kappa]2N,O)trinickel(II,III) methanol tetra­solvate

W. Tapala, T. J. Prior and A. Rujiwatra

Abstract: A trinuclear nickel complex, [Ni3(C9H10NO3)6(CH3O)]·4CH4O, was synthesized and characterized as a neutral cluster containing the incomplete cubane {Ni3([mu]1-O)([mu]2-O)2([mu]3-O)} core of 2M3-1 topology. The three nickel cations show similar octa­hedral coordination, {Ni([mu]1-O)([mu]2-O)2([mu]3-O)([mu]1-N)2}; the positive charge is balanced by six tyrosinate ligands and one methoxide ion. The mean oxidation state of each NiII ion is therefore +2.33. The common coordination modes, chelating (via the amino N and the carboxyl­ate O atoms) and bridging (via the carboxyl­ate O atom), are exhibited by the tyrosinates. Three inter­ligand (intra­cluster) N-H...O hydrogen-bonding inter­actions stabilize the incomplete cubane-type moiety. Additional N-H...O, O-H...O and C-H...O inter­actions are formed between clusters, and between the clusters and methanol mol­ecules to regulate the spatial orientation of the tyrosinate and the assembly of the clusters in the crystal. The approximate equilateral triangular arrangement of the three nickel cations in the incomplete cubane-type moiety suggests the possible magnetic frustration, and the proximity of these metal cations indicates weak metallic bonds. The structure contains approximately 39% solvent-accessible volume between the clusters. This is filled with 17 mol­ecules of disordered methanol and was modelled with SQUEEZE [Spek (2009). Acta Cryst. D65, 148-155]; the reported unit-cell characteristics do not take these mol­ecules into account. The H atoms of the solvent mol­ecules have not been included in the crystal data.

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