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Magnetically ordered molecule-based materials

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Magnets composed of molecular components that provide both electron spins and spin-coupling pathways can stabilize bulk magnetic ordering. This was first reported for the ionic, zero-dimensional (0-D) electron transfer salt [Fe(C5Me5)2]+[TCNE]˙ (TCNE = tetracyanoethylene), which orders as a ferromagnet at Tc = 4.8 K. Later V[TCNE]x (x ∼ 2) was characterized to order above room temperature at 400 K (127 °C). Subsequently, numerous examples of organic- and molecule-based magnets have been characterized. In this critical review, after a discussion of the important aspects of magnetism pertaining to molecule-based magnets, including the determination of the magnetic ordering temperature (Tc) these magnetically ordered materials are reviewed from a perspective of the structural dimensionality (208 references).

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03 Nov 2010
First published
08 Apr 2011

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2011,40, 3266-3296
Article type
Critical Review

Magnetically ordered molecule-based materials

J. S. Miller, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2011, 40, 3266
DOI: 10.1039/C0CS00166J

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