Substituent effect on formation of heterometallic molecular wheels: Synthesis, crystal structure, and magnetic properties

Zhong Hai Ni, Li Fang Zhang, Vassilis Tangoulis, Wolfgang Wernsdorfer, Ai Li Cui, Osamu Sato, Hui Zhong Kou

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The reaction of manganese(III) Schiff bases of the type salen2- (N,N′-ethylenebis(salicylideneaminato)) with X-substituted (X = CH 3, Cl) pyridinecarboxamide dicyanoferrite(III) [Fe(X-bpb)(CN) 2]- gave rise to a series of cyanide-bridged Mn 6Fe6 molecular wheels, [MnIII(salen)] 6[FeIII(bpmb)(CN)2]6·7H 2O (1), [Mn(salen)]6[Fe(bpClb)(CN)2] 6·4H2O·2CH3OH (2), [Mn(salen)]6[Fe(bpdmb)(CN)2]6·10H 2O·5CH3OH (3), [Mn(5-Br(salpn))] 6[Fe(bpmb)(CN)2]6·24H 2O·8CH3CN (4), and [Mn(5-Cl(salpn))] 6[Fe(bpmb)(CN)2]6·25H 2O·5CH3CN (5). Compared with [Fe(bpb)(CN) 2]-, which always gives rise to 1D or polynuclear species when reacting with Mn(III) Schiff bases, the introduction of substituents (X) to the bpb2- ligand has a driving force in formation of the novel wheel structure. Magnetic studies reveal that high-spin ground state S = 15 is present in the wheel compounds originated from the ferromagnetic Mn(III)-Fe(III) coupling. For the first time, the quantum Monte Carlo study has been used to modulate the magnetic susceptibility of the huge Mn6Fe6 metallomacrocycles, showing that the magnetic coupling constants J range from 3.0 to 8.0 K on the basis of the spin Hamiltonian H = J(Σ i,jsFeiSMnj + sFe1SMn12). Hysteresis loops for 1 have been observed below 0.8 K, indicative of a single-molecule magnet with a blocking temperature (TB) of 0.8 K. Molecular wheels 2-5 exhibit frequency dependence of alternating-current magnetic susceptibility under zero direct-current magnetic field, signifying the slow magnetization relaxation similar to that of 1. Significantly, an unprecedented archlike Mn2Fe2 cluster, [Mn(5-Cl(salpn))]2[Fe(bpmb)(CN)2]2· 3H2O·CH3CN (6), has been isolated as an intermediate of the Mn6Fe6 wheel 5. Ferromagnetic Mn(III)-Fe(III) coupling results in a high-spin S = 5 ground state. Combination of the high-spin state and a negative magnetic anisotropy (D) results in the observation of slow magnetization relaxation in 6.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6029-6037
Number of pages9
JournalInorganic chemistry
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - Jul 23 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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