Copper(II) complexes with tridentate Schiff bases derived by the condensation of (+)-(hydroxymethylene)camphor or (+)-(hydroxymethylene)menthone with a series of (S)- and (R)-amino acids have been synthesized. Little interaction between the various chiral centers has been found and the conformation of the chelate rings depends mainly on the configuration of the α-carbon atom of the amino acid. ESR and electronic spectra results indicate that a competitive mechanism between the σ and π bondings, as well as between the different kinds of σ bondings of the complex, is operative. The variations of the K Fermi term are interpreted by considering an exchange polarization of the partially filled 4s orbital.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry