Antiferromagnetic ordering based on intermolecular London dispersion interactions in amphiphilic TEMPO ammonium salts†
Antiferromagnetic coupling in TEMPO-based radicals can be enhanced via self-assembly through London dispersion interactions in amphiphilic solids. The synthesis, magnetic characterization, and three crystal structures of the solid radical ion salts (R-DMAT-n)X with various counterions X and alkyl chain lengths n are reported. Magnetic susceptibility and absolute EPR signal intensity measurements show singlet–triplet transitions in a number of cases, which is discussed in relation to the crystal structures. Antiferromagnetic ordering effects are sensitive to both the length of the alkyl chain and the counter anion.