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Nickel pivalate complexes: structural variations and magnetic susceptibility and inelastic neutron scattering studies

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The synthesis and structural characterisation of three small nickel(II) cages are reported, all stabilised by pivalate ligands. The magnetic properties of the cages have been studied by a combination of susceptibility measurements and inelastic neutron scattering. For a dinuclear cage, [Ni2(μ-OH2)(O2CCMe3)4(HO2CCMe3)4] 1 the ground state is S = 2, with a ferromagnetic exchange interaction between the Ni(II) centres of J = 0.32 meV and DS=2 = −0.09 meV in the ground state. For a tetranuclear heterocubane cage, [Ni4(μ3-OMe)4(O2CCMe3)4(MeOH)4] 2, two ferromagnetic exchange interactions are found and an S = 4 ground state observed. While the zero-field splitting of this state cannot be determined unambigiously the most likely value is DS=4 = −0.035 meV. For a tetranuclear nickel butterfly, [Ni4(μ3-OH)2(O2CCMe3)6(EtOH)6] 3, three exchange interactions are required, two anti-ferromagnetic and one weakly ferromagnetic; the resulting ground state is S = 0. The data enable us to estimate the zero-field splitting of single Ni(II) ions involved in the cage as Di = +1.0 meV. Both 1 and 2 are therefore expected to be new single molecule magnets.

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The article was received on 23 Apr 2004, accepted on 08 Jul 2004 and first published on 28 Jul 2004


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B406112H
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2004,0, 2758-2766
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    Nickel pivalate complexes: structural variations and magnetic susceptibility and inelastic neutron scattering studies

    G. Chaboussant, R. Basler, H. Güdel, S. Ochsenbein, A. Parkin, S. Parsons, G. Rajaraman, A. Sieber, A. A. Smith, G. A. Timco and R. E. P. Winpenny, Dalton Trans., 2004, 0, 2758
    DOI: 10.1039/B406112H

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