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High pressure induced spin changes and magneto-structural correlations in hexametallic SMMs

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The first combined high pressure single-crystal X-ray diffraction and high pressure magnetism study of two polymetallic clusters is presented in an attempt to correlate the observed changes in structure with changes in magnetic response without the need for changes in external ligation. At 1.5 GPa the structure of [Mn6O2(Et-sao)6(O2CPh(Me)2)2(EtOH)6] (1; Et-saoH2 = 2-hydroxyphenylpropanone)—a single molecule magnet (SMM) with an effective anisotropy barrier of ∼86 K—and of [Mn6O2(Et-sao)6(O2C-naphth)2(EtOH)4(H2O)2] 2 both undergo significant structural distortions of their metallic skeletons, which has a direct effect upon the observed magnetic response. The application of hydrostatic pressure on the two compounds (up to 1.5 GPa) flattens the Mn–N–O–Mn torsion angles weakening the magnetic exchange between the metal centres. In both compounds one interaction switches from ferro- to antiferromagnetic, with the Jahn–Teller (JT) axes compressing (on average) and re-aligning differently with respect to the plane of the three metal centres. High pressure dc χMT plots display a gradual decrease in the low temperature peak height and slope, simulations showing a decrease in |J| with increasing pressure with a second antiferromagnetic J value required to simulate the data. The “ground states” change from S = 12 to S = 11 for 1 and to S = 10 for 2. Magnetisation data for both 1 and 2 suggest a small decrease in |D|, while out-of-phase (χM//) ac data show a large decrease in the effective energy barrier for magnetisation reversal.

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The article was received on 05 Feb 2009, accepted on 06 Apr 2009 and first published on 07 May 2009


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B902485A
Dalton Trans., 2009, 4858-4867

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    High pressure induced spin changes and magneto-structural correlations in hexametallic SMMs

    A. Prescimone, C. J. Milios, J. Sanchez-Benitez, K. V. Kamenev, C. Loose, J. Kortus, S. Moggach, M. Murrie, J. E. Warren, A. R. Lennie, S. Parsons and E. K. Brechin, Dalton Trans., 2009, 4858
    DOI: 10.1039/B902485A

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