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Ligand design for multidimensional magnetic materials: a metallosupramolecular perspective

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The aim and scope of this review is to show the general validity of the ‘complex-as-ligand’ approach for the rational design of metallosupramolecular assemblies of increasing structural and magnetic complexity. This is illustrated herein on the basis of our recent studies on oxamato complexes with transition metal ions looking for the limits of the research avenue opened by Kahn's pioneering research twenty years ago. The use as building blocks of mono-, di- and trinuclear metal complexes with a novel family of aromatic polyoxamato ligands allowed us to move further in the coordination chemistry-based approach to high-nuclearity coordination compounds and high-dimensionality coordination polymers. In order to do so, we have taken advantage of the new developments of metallosupramolecular chemistry and in particular, of the molecular-programmed self-assembly methods that exploit the coordination preferences of metal ions and specifically tailored ligands. The judicious choice of the oxamato metal building block (substitution pattern and steric requirements of the bridging ligand, as well as the electronic configuration and magnetic anisotropy of the metal ion) allowed us to control the overall structure and magnetic properties of the final multidimensional nD products (n = 0–3). These species exhibit interesting magnetic properties which are brand-new targets in the field of molecular magnetism, such as single-molecule or single-chain magnets, and the well-known class of molecule-based magnets. This unique family of molecule-based magnetic materials expands on the reported examples of nD species with cyanide and related oxalato and dithiooxalato analogues. Moreover, the development of new oxamato metal building blocks with potential photo or redox activity at the aromatic ligand counterpart will provide us with addressable, multifunctional molecular materials for future applications in molecular electronics and nanotechnology.

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The article was received on 22 Jan 2008, accepted on 25 Feb 2008 and first published on 10 Apr 2008

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/B801222A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2008,0, 2780-2805
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    Ligand design for multidimensional magnetic materials: a metallosupramolecular perspective

    E. Pardo, R. Ruiz-García, J. Cano, X. Ottenwaelder, R. Lescouëzec, Y. Journaux, F. Lloret and M. Julve, Dalton Trans., 2008, 0, 2780
    DOI: 10.1039/B801222A

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