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A new family of Mn6 SMMs using phosphinate ligands

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A new family of hexametallic [MnIII6] Single-Molecule Magnets with general formula [Mn6O2(R-sao)6(X)2(MeOH)4-6] (R = H, Me, Et or Ph; X = O2PHPh or O2P(Ph)2) have been synthesised and characterised. The molecules are new members of the [Mn6] family of SMMs in which the carboxylate ligands have been replaced with phenyl- and diphenylphosphinate. The magnetic cores remain largely unaltered meaning that structural distortions of the Mn–N–O–Mn torsion angles in the [Mn3O] subunits can be used to tune the magnetic properties, switching pairwise exchange interactions from antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic. The results suggest that the Mn6 building block, be it ferro- or antiferromagnetically coupled, could be an important building block for the formation of novel, functional 0-3D materials.

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The article was received on 04 Jan 2010, accepted on 10 Feb 2010 and first published on 10 Mar 2010

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B927303D
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2010,39, 4826-4831
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    A new family of Mn6 SMMs using phosphinate ligands

    R. Inglis, S. J. Dalgarno and E. K. Brechin, Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 4826
    DOI: 10.1039/B927303D

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