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[FeIII(dmbpy)(CN)4]: a new building block for designing single-chain magnets

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We herein present the synthesis and magneto-structural study of a new family of heterobimetallic chains of general formula {[FeIII(dmbpy)(CN)4]2MII(H2O)2}n·pnH2O [dmbpy = 4,4′-dimethyl-2,2′-bipyridine; M = Mn (2), Cu (3), Ni (4) and Co (5) with p = 4 (2), 3 (3), 9 (4) and 3.5 (5)] which were prepared by using the mononuclear PPh4[FeIII(dmbpy)(CN)4]·3H2O (1) building block (PPh4+ = tetraphenylphosphonium) as a ligand toward fully solvated MII ions. The structure of 1 consists of discrete [FeIII(dmbpy)(CN)4] anions, tetraphenylphosphonium cations and noncoordinated water molecules. Complexes 2–5 are isostructural compounds whose structure consists of neutral 4,2-wave like heterobimetallic chains of formula {[FeIII(dmbpy)(CN)4]2MII(H2O)2}n where the [FeIII(dmbpy)(CN)4] entity adopts a bis-monodentate coordination mode toward trans-[MII(H2O)2] units through two of its four cyanide groups in cis positions. 1 exhibits the magnetic behaviour of magnetically isolated six-coordinate low-spin Fe(III) complexes with an important orbital contribution. 2 behaves as ferrimagnetic FeIII2MnII chains, whereas 3–5 exhibit intrachain ferromagnetic couplings between the low-spin Fe(III) and either Cu(II) (3), Ni (4) or Co(II) (5) as well as frequency-dependence of the out-of-phase ac susceptibility signals below 3.0 (3), 5.5 (4) and 5.0 K (5). The relaxation time and the energy to reverse the magnetization of 3–5 are related to the anisotropy of the M(II) center and to the intra- and interchain magnetic interactions. Unprecedentedly in the world of cyanide-bearing complexes, 5 exhibits a double slow relaxation of the magnetization.

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The article was received on 25 Jul 2012, accepted on 11 Sep 2012 and first published on 11 Sep 2012

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2DT31675G
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2012,41, 13716-13726
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    [FeIII(dmbpy)(CN)4]: a new building block for designing single-chain magnets

    L. M. Toma, J. Pasán, C. Ruiz-Pérez, F. Lloret and M. Julve, Dalton Trans., 2012, 41, 13716
    DOI: 10.1039/C2DT31675G

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