Two new polymeric triorganotin(IV) complexes
([Me3Sn(LH)]n: 1) and([Ph3Sn(LH)]n: 2) containing a 4-[(2Z)-(3-hydroxy-1-methyl-2-butenylidene)amino]benzoate (LH) framework were prepared.Both compounds have been characterized by 1H, 13C, 119Sn NMR, IR and 119Sn Mossbauer spectroscopic techniques in combination with elemental analyses. The crystal structures of complexes 1 and 2 reveal that they exist as polymeric zig-zag chains in which the LH-bridged Sn-atoms adopt a trans-R3SnO2 trigonal bipyramidal configuration with R groups in the equatorial positions and the axial sites occupied by an oxygen atom from the carboxylate ligand and the alcoholic oxygen atom of the next carboxylate ligand in the chain. The carboxylate
ligands coordinate in the zwitterionic form with the alcoholic proton moved to the nearby nitrogen atom.