A new Co(II) three-dimensional coordination polymer, [Co(L)(L')](n) (1) [where L = 5,5'-dibenzoimidazole, and L' = doubly deprotonated terephthalic acid] has been synthesized hydro(solvo)thermally and its molecular and crystal structure have been elucidated through single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Each Coal) ion displays a slightly distorted trigonal bipyramidal geometry, the apical positions being occupied by the nitrogen atoms of two symmetry-related dibenzoimidazole ligands, while the oxygen atoms from three distinct terephthalic acids are in the equatorial plane. Considering the Co2C2O6 dimeric moieties as nodes, and the ancillary ligands as connectors, the structure can be simplified as a 8-c uninodal net of the type bcu, body centered cubic, with point symbol 4(24).6(4) and vertex symbol [188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.4(3).4(3).4(3).4(3).4(3).4(3).4(3).4(3).4(3).4(3).4(3).4(3).*.*.*.*]. The EPR spectra for 1 have been reported, showing g(parallel to) = 2.176 and g(perpendicular to) = 2.052 at RT (room temperature), and g(parallel to) = 2.172 and g(perpendicular to) = 2.060 at LNT (liquid nitrogen temperature). Finally, the electronic nature of the molecular geometry of 1 has been explored by DFT computation applying the UB3LYP/def2-TZVP level of theory, showing the energy difference between the high spin and low spin configurations. (C) 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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