From isolated to 2D Coordination Polymers based on 6-aminonicotinate and 3d-Metal Ions: Towards Field-Induced Single-Ion-Magnets
We report herein the synthesis, structural and chemical characterization of six new compounds consisting of 6-aminonicotinate (6ani) ligand and first-row transition metal ions, namely, [Mn2(μ-6ani)2(H2O)8](6ani)2 (1), [Co(6ani)(bipy)2(H2O)3](6ani)•5H2O (2), [M(μ-6ani)(6ani)(H2O)3]•2H2O [MII = Co (3), Ni (4)], and [M(μ-6ani)2]•H2O [MII = Co (5), Cu (6)] (where bipy = 4,4’-bipyridine). Compounds 1 and 2 consist of isolated dimeric and monomeric entities held together by supramolecular interactions governed by 6ani free anions. The rigid and low symmetry of 6ani ligands, in addition to their coordination as terminal and bridging ligands to octahedral metal geometries, gives rise to chiral 1D chains of compounds 3 and 4. 2D sql layers are established (5 and 6) when 6ani ligands act as ligands bridging the metal ions, which precludes the presence of water molecules in the framework. Despite the wide structural diversity observed, all architectures share the occurrence of magnetically isolated 3d metal ions given the poor exchange achieved through 6ani bridges, as confirmed by dc susceptibility measurements and DFT calculations. Dynamic ac susceptibility measurements reveal best-in-class field-induced slow magnetic relaxation behaviour in Co-based compounds with easy-plane magnetic anisotropy. The effective energy barriers (Ueff) of 39.6 K and 18.7 K for 3 and 5, respectively, estimated with the Arrhenius law are remarkably high among CoII-SIM coordination polymers reported so far.