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Issue 9, 2011
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Synthesis and self-assembly of spin-labile and redox-active manganese(iii) complexes

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New amphiphilic and spin-labile MnIII complexes based on dianionic N4O2-hexadentate sal2trien or sal2bapen ligands, which contain OC6H13, OC12H25, or OC18H37 alkoxy substituents at different positions of the salicylidene unit were prepared (H2sal2trien = N,N′′′-bis(salicylidene)-1,4,7,10-tetraazadecane, H2sal2bapen = N,N′′′-bis(salicylidene)-1,5,8,12-tetraazadodecane). According to electrochemical measurements, these complexes undergo two (quasi)reversible redox processes. Temperature-dependent magnetic measurements revealed a high-spin configuration for all sal2trien complexes (S = 2) and gradual spin crossover for sal2bapen complexes from high to low spin (S = 1). The chain length strongly influences the spin crossover, as C18-functionalization stabilizes the low spin state at much higher temperatures than shorter alkyl chains. Moreover, long alkyl chains allow for spontaneous self-assembly of the molecules, which was investigated in single crystals and in Langmuir-films at the air–water interface. Long alkyl chains (C12 or C18) as well as a mutual syn-orientation of these molecular recognition sites were required for the Langmuir monolayers to be stable.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and self-assembly of spin-labile and redox-active manganese(iii) complexes

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13 Sep 2010
08 Dec 2010
First published
01 Feb 2011

Dalton Trans., 2011,40, 1855-1865
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Synthesis and self-assembly of spin-labile and redox-active manganese(III) complexes

C. Gandolfi, T. Cotting, P. N. Martinho, O. Sereda, A. Neels, G. G. Morgan and M. Albrecht, Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 1855
DOI: 10.1039/C0DT01222J

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