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Lanthanide complexes involving multichelating TTF-based ligands

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The reaction between the 2-{TTF-fused-1H-benzimidazol-2-yl}pyridine alkylated with either the di-(pyrazol-1-yl)-4-pyridyl (L1) or dimethyl-2,2′-bipyridine (L2) moiety and 1 equiv. of Ln(hfac)3·2H2O (LnIII = DyIII and YbIII) leads to three dinuclear complexes of formula [Yb2(hfac)6(L1)]·2(CH2Cl2)·C6H14 (1) and [Ln2(hfac)6(L2)]·CH2Cl2 (LnIII = YbIII (2) and DyIII (3)). The X-ray structures highlight square antiprism (D4d symmetry) and spherical tricapped trigonal prism (D3h) for the eight- and nine-coordinated lanthanide ions, respectively. Irradiation of the lowest-energy HOMO → LUMO ILCT absorption band induced a 2F5/22F7/2 Yb-centered emission for 1 and 2. Both YbIII ions displayed similar emissions in 2 while two distinct emissions, attributed to the two YbIII ions because of their different coordination environments, were observed in 1. Slow magnetic relaxation is detected by dynamic magnetic measurements for 3 with a measured relaxation time τ0 = 3.7(1.3) × 10−7 s and an energy barrier Δ = 39.6(2) cm−1. Taking into account the environment of both DyIII ions in 3, it was expected that both metallic centers displayed similar dynamic magnetic behavior. The latter was rationalized by ab initio CASSCF/SI-SO calculations.

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The article was received on 30 Nov 2016, accepted on 10 Jan 2017 and first published on 12 Jan 2017

Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6QI00546B
Citation: Inorg. Chem. Front., 2017,4, 604-617
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    Lanthanide complexes involving multichelating TTF-based ligands

    S. Speed, M. Feng, G. Fernandez Garcia, F. Pointillart, B. Lefeuvre, F. Riobé, S. Golhen, B. Le Guennic, F. Totti, Y. Guyot, O. Cador, O. Maury and L. Ouahab, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2017, 4, 604
    DOI: 10.1039/C6QI00546B

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