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A new family of Fe2Ln complexes built from mononuclear anionic Schiff base subunits

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A series of the trinuclear [{Fe(3MeO-L)2}26-Ln(η2-NO3)(H2O)}]·nH2O, (Ln = Gd (2a), Tb (2b), Dy (2c), Ho (2d), Er (2e), Y (2f), H2-3MeO-L = 2-hydroxy-3-methoxy-phenylsalicylaldimine) complexes were prepared and thoroughly characterized. The crystal structure of 2b was determined and it revealed that the heterotrinuclear complex consists of two anionic [Fe(3MeO-L)2] subunits coordinated to the [Tb(H2O)(η2-NO3)]2+ bridging moiety through the phenolato and methoxy oxygen atoms. The angular distortion within the coordination polyhedron of the [Fe(3MeO-L)2] subunits grows significantly upon coordination to the Ln atom of the bridging moiety, which consequently induces an increase in the parameter of the axial magnetic anisotropy. This conclusion is obvious from the comparison and analysis of the structural (XRD) and magnetic data of the yttrium trimer 2f and the precursor complex (Pr3NH)[Fe(3MeO-L)2] (1, Pr3NH = the tripropylammonium cation), where DFe(1) = +0.80 cm−1 and DFe(2f) = +1.64 cm−1. Furthermore, a weak antiferromagnetic interaction between the Fe(III) centres was found in 2f (JFeFe = −0.26 cm−1). The magnetic parameters of 2f were used in the fitting of the magnetic properties of 2a as constraints. The ferromagnetic nature of the Fe–Gd interaction in 2a was confirmed, with JGdFe = +1.40 cm−1, DGd = −0.26 cm−1. Moreover, in the case of the Tb (2b) and Dy (2c) compounds, a slow relaxation of the magnetization at low temperature (below 1.9 K) was observed upon the dehydration of the parent compounds.

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The article was received on 08 Aug 2012, accepted on 19 Sep 2012 and first published on 19 Sep 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2DT31809A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2012,41, 14603-14610
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    A new family of Fe2Ln complexes built from mononuclear anionic Schiff base subunits

    I. Nemec, M. Machata, R. Herchel, R. Boča and Z. Trávníček, Dalton Trans., 2012, 41, 14603
    DOI: 10.1039/C2DT31809A

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