Abstracts 2005

Abstract of Publication No. 509

Stergios Piligkos, Gopalan Rajaraman, Monica Soler, Nadeschda Kirchner, Joris van Slageren, Roland Bircher, Simon Parsons, Hans-Ulrich Güdel, Jens Kortus, Wolfgang Wernsdorfer, George Christou and Euan K. Brechin
Studies of an Enneanuclear Manganese Single-Molecule Magnet
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 127, 5572-5580 (2005)      Full Text (PDF)      DOI-Link      Supplementary Data (PDF)     

Abstract: The reaction of [Mn3O(O2CMe)6(py)3] with the tripodal ligand H3thme (1,1,1-tris(hydroxymethyl)ethane) affords the enneanuclear complex [Mn9O7(O2CCH3)11(thme)(py)3(H2O)2] 1·1MeCN·1Et2O. The metallic skeleton of complex 1 comprises a series of 10 edge-sharing triangles that describes part of an idealized icosahedron. Variable temperature direct current (dc) magnetic susceptibility data collected in the 1.8-300 K temperature range and in fields up to 5.5 T were fitted to give a spin ground state of S = 17/2 with an axial zero-field splitting parameter D = -0.29 cm–1. Ac susceptibility studies indicate frequency-dependent out-of-phase signals below 4 K and an effective barrier for the relaxation of the magnetization of Ueff = 27 K. Magnetic measurements of single crystals of 1 at low temperature show time- and temperature-dependent hysteresis loops which contain steps at regular intervals of field. Inelastic neutron scattering (INS) studies on complex 1 confirm the S = 17/2 ground state and analysis of the INS transitions within the zero-field split ground state leads to determination of the axial anisotropy, D = -0.249 cm–1, and the crystal field parameter, B40 = 7(4) Χ 10–6 cm–1. Frequency domain magnetic resonance spectroscopy (FDMRS) determined the same parameters as D = -0.247 cm–1 and B40 = 4.6 Χ 10–6 cm–1. DFT calculations are fully consistent with the experimental findings of two Mn(II) and four Mn(III) ions "spin up" and three Mn(IV) ions "spin down" resulting in the S = 17/2 spin ground state of the molecule, with D = -0.23 cm–1 and U = 26.2 K.

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