The enantiomerically pure ligand L-3RR (2R, 3R)-bis(2,2'-dipyridyl-5-methoxyl) butane has been synthesised by linking two 2,2'-bipyridine units with (2R, 3R)-butandiol. The reaction of L-3RR with Zn(II) afforded a mononuclear species and the H-1 NMR spectroscopy points to a C-1 symmetry, expected for a distorted trigonal bipyramidal coordination environment. These observations were confirmed by MM2 calculations and electrospray mass spectrometry. The reaction of L-3RR with iron(II) indicated the formation of a dinuclear species by mass spectrometry. Solution state CD spectroscopy indicates that both complexes adopt a Lambda-configuration, implying a single stranded dinuclear iron(II) complex is present rather than the anticipated triple helical architecture.
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