Background: The chemistry of nickel(II) clusters continues to attract the intense interest of many
inorganic groups around the world for a variety of reasons, including its relevance to Molecular Magnetism.
Objective: The primary objective of this study was to employ the polydentate Schiff base Nsalicylidene-
4-chloro-o-aminophenol in nickel(II) carboxylate chemistry for the synthesis of coordination
Methods: The influence of a variety of synthetic parameters on product identity was investigated. The
solid-state structures of the complexes were determined by single-crystal X-ray crystallography. The
nickel(II) clusters were characterized by microanalyses and infrared spectra. Variable-temperature magnetic
susceptibility studies were performed on two selected nickel(II) clusters.
Results: Tetranuclear, hexanuclear and decanuclear nickel(II) clusters were synthesized. In the tetranuclear
complexes, the four metal ions are located at four vertices of a planar defective dicubane. The core
of the hexanuclear cluster consists of four fused defective cubanes. The metal topology of the decanuclear
cluster comprises ten edge-sharing nickel(II) triangles. One of the tetranuclear clusters has a diamagnetic
spin ground state. The acetate-containing tetranuclear cluster is characterized by ferromagnetic
nickel(II)···nickel(II) exchange interactions and possesses a total spin of 4 in the ground state.
Conclusion: The prepared complexes have interesting molecular structures and magnetic properties. A
comparison of the nickel(II) cluster chemistry with N-salicylidene-4-chloro-o-aminophenol with that of
related tridentate Schiff bases reveals similarities and differences.