We report design and structural characterization of six new coordination polymers fabricated from PbCl2 and a series of closely related bis-pyridyl ligands LI and HLII-HLVI, namely, [Pb2(LI)Cl4]n, [Pb(HLII)Cl2]n·nMeOH, [Pb(HLIII)Cl2]n·0.5 nMeOH, [Pb2(LIV)Cl3]n, [Pb(HLV)Cl2]n, and [Pb3(LVI)2Cl4]n·nMeOH. The topology of the obtained networks is dictated by the geometry of the organic ligand. The structure of [Pb2(LI)Cl4]n is constructed from the [PbCl2]n two-dimensional (2D) sheets, linked through organic linkers into a three-dimensional framework, which exhibits a unique binodal 4,7-connected three-periodic topology named by us as sda1. Topological analysis of the 2D metal-organic sheet in [Pb(HLII)Cl2]n·nMeOH discloses a binodal 3,4-connected layer topology, regardless of the presence of tetrel bonds. A one-dimensional (1D) coordination polymer [Pb(HLIII)Cl2]n·0.5 nMeOH is considered as a uninodal 2-connected chain. The overall structure of [Pb2(LIV)Cl3]n is constructed from dimeric tetranuclear [Pb4(μ3-LIV-κ6N:N′:N″:μ3-O)2(μ4-Cl)(μ2-Cl)2]3+ cationic blocks linked in a zigzag manner through bridging μ2-Cl- ligands, yielding a 1D polymeric chain. Topological analysis of this chain reveals a unique pentanodal 3,4,4,5,6-connected chain topology named by us as sda2. The structure of [Pb(HLV)Cl2]n exhibits a 1D zigzaglike polymeric chain. Two chains are further linked into a 1D gridlike ribbon through the dimeric [Pb2(μ2-Cl)2Cl2] blocks as bridging nodes. With the bulkiest ligand HLVI, a 2D layered coordination polymer [Pb3(LVI)2Cl4]n·nMeOH is formed, which network, considering all tetrel bonds, reveals a unique heptanodal 3,3,3,3,4,5,5-connected layer topology named by us as sda3. Compounds [Pb2(LI)Cl4]n, [Pb2(LIV)Cl3]n, and [Pb(HLV)Cl2]n were found to be emissive in the solid state at ambient temperature. While blue emission of [Pb2(LI)Cl4]n is due to the ligand-centered transitions, bluish-green and white luminescence of [Pb2(LIV)Cl3]n and [Pb(HLV)Cl2]n, respectively, was assigned to ligand-to-metal charge transfer mixed with metal-centered excited states. Molecular as well as periodic calculations were additionally applied to characterize the obtained polymers.
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