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Synthesis and magneto-structural studies on a new family of carbonato bridged 3d–4f complexes featuring a [CoII3LnIII3(CO3)] (Ln = La, Gd, Tb, Dy and Ho) core: slow magnetic relaxation displayed by the cobalt(II)–dysprosium(III) analogue

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A new family of [3 + 3] hexanuclear 3d–4f complexes [(μ3-CO3){CoIILnIIIL(μ3-OH)(OH2)}3]-(ClO4mC2H5OH·nH2O (1–5) [Ln = La (1), Gd (2), Tb (3), Dy (4), and Ho (5)] have been prepared in moderate to high yields (62–78%) following a self-assembly reaction between the ligand 6,6′,6′′-(nitrilotris(methylene))tris-(2-methoxy-4-methylphenol) (H3L), Co(OAc)2·4H2O and the lanthanide ion precursors in the mandatory presence of tetrabutylammonium hydroxide. During the reaction, atmospheric carbon dioxide is fixed in the product molecule as a bridging carbonato ligand which connects all the three lanthanide centers of this molecular assembly through a rare η222–μ3 mode of bridging as revealed from X-ray crystallography. The metal centers in all these compounds, except the GdIII analogue (2), are coupled in antiferromagnetic manner while the nature of coupling in the CoII3GdIII3 complex is ferromagnetic. DFT calculations revealed that this ferromagnetic interaction occurs most likely by the CoII–GdIII superexchange, mediated via the bridging oxygen atoms. Only the CoII–DyIII compound (4) displayed a slow relaxation of the magnetization at a very low temperature as established by AC susceptibility measurements. The data provides an estimation of the activation energy U/kB = 9.2 K and the relaxation time constant τ0 = 1.0 × 10−7 s.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and magneto-structural studies on a new family of carbonato bridged 3d–4f complexes featuring a [CoII3LnIII3(CO3)] (Ln = La, Gd, Tb, Dy and Ho) core: slow magnetic relaxation displayed by the cobalt(ii)–dysprosium(iii) analogue

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The article was received on 21 Nov 2017, accepted on 12 Jan 2018 and first published on 24 Jan 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT04389A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2018, Advance Article
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    Synthesis and magneto-structural studies on a new family of carbonato bridged 3d–4f complexes featuring a [CoII3LnIII3(CO3)] (Ln = La, Gd, Tb, Dy and Ho) core: slow magnetic relaxation displayed by the cobalt(II)–dysprosium(III) analogue

    M. C. Majee, S. M. Towsif Abtab, D. Mondal, M. Maity, M. Weselski, M. Witwicki, A. Bieńko, M. Antkowiak, G. Kamieniarz and M. Chaudhury, Dalton Trans., 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7DT04389A

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