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Issue 37, 2012
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LnIII2MnIII2 heterobimetallic “butterfly” complexes displaying antiferromagnetic coupling (Ln = Eu, Gd, Tb, Er)

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The isostructural heterometallic complexes [LnIII2MnIII2O2(ccnm)6(dcnm)2(H2O)2] (Ln = Eu (1Eu), Gd (1Gd), Tb (1Tb), Er (1Er); ccnm = carbamoylcyanonitrosomethanide; dcnm = dicyanonitrosomethanide) have been synthesised and structurally characterised. The in situ transition metal promoted nucleophilic addition of water to dcnm, forming the derivative ligand ccnm, plays an essential role in cluster formation. The central [LnIII2MnIII2(O)2] moiety has a “butterfly” topology. The coordinated aqua ligands and the NH2 group of the ccnm ligands facilitate the formation of a range of hydrogen bonds with the lattice solvent and neighbouring clusters. Magnetic measurements generally reveal weak intracluster antiferromagnetic coupling, except for the large JMnMn value in 1Gd. There is some evidence for single molecule magnetic (SMM) behaviour in 1Er. Comparisons of the magnetic properties are made with other recently reported butterfly-type {LnIIIxMIII4−x (d-block)} clusters, x = 1, 2; M = Mn, Fe.

Graphical abstract: LnIII2MnIII2 heterobimetallic “butterfly” complexes displaying antiferromagnetic coupling (Ln = Eu, Gd, Tb, Er)

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Submitted
27 May 2012
Accepted
04 Jul 2012
First published
04 Jul 2012

Dalton Trans., 2012,41, 11402-11412
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LnIII2MnIII2 heterobimetallic “butterfly” complexes displaying antiferromagnetic coupling (Ln = Eu, Gd, Tb, Er)

A. S. R. Chesman, D. R. Turner, K. J. Berry, N. F. Chilton, B. Moubaraki, K. S. Murray, G. B. Deacon and S. R. Batten, Dalton Trans., 2012, 41, 11402
DOI: 10.1039/C2DT31144E

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