Structural Modulation of Fluorescent Rhodamine-Based Dysprosium(III) Single-Molecule Magnets

Mei Jiao Liu, Shu Qi Wu, Jia Xin Li, Yi Quan Zhang, Osamu Sato, Hui Zhong Kou

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Two rhodamine 6G-based mononuclear dysprosium complexes, [Dy(LR)(LA)2](ClO4)3·Et2O·1.5MeOH·0.5H2O (1) and [Dy(LR)(H2O)4(MeCN)](ClO4)3·2H2O·MeCN (2) (LR = salicylaldehyde rhodamine 6G hydrazone, LA = 2-pyridylcarboxaldehyde benzoyl hydrazone), are synthesized, aiming at improving the magnetic behavior by modulating their coordination environment. Both complexes own one exclusive short Dy-Ophenoxy coordination bond as the predominant bond and exhibit single-molecule magnet behavior under zero dc field with the energy barrier (Ueff/kB) of 90 K (1) and 320 K (2) and apparent hysteresis at 1.9 K. The ab initio calculations indicate that the short Dy-Ophenoxy bond determines the direction of magnetic anisotropic axis for 1 and 2. The quantum tunneling of magnetization (QTM) between the ground Kramers doublets (KDs) in 1 cannot be neglected, leading to an experimental Ueff/kB much lower than the calculated energy of the first excited state (318.2 K). For 2, the stronger magnetic anisotropy and negligible QTM between the ground KDs guarantees that the energy barrier is close to the calculated energy of first KDs (320.8 K). On the other hand, the presence of ring-opened xanthene moiety makes complexes 1 and 2 in the solid state emit red light with emission bands of 645 and 658 nm, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2308-2315
Number of pages8
JournalInorganic chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 17 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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