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Issue 5, 2013
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Assembly of alternating spin-chains with magnetically anisotropic cobalt(II) dimers

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A dimeric carboxylato complex of cobalt(II), [Co2II(1,2-chedc)2(Im)2] (1) (1,2-chedc = cyclohex-1-ene-1,2-dicarboxylate and Im = imidazole), has been isolated. This complex can be further linked by chloro- or carboxylato-ligands, affording respectively one-dimensional chain structures of 1[Co2II(μ-Cl)2(1,2-chedc)(Im)2] (2) and 1[CoII(1,2-chedc)(Im)] (3). Compound 1 shows weak antiferromagnetic interactions passing through the body of the dicarboxylate as well as substantial single-ion magnetic anisotropy (zero-field splitting energy Δ = 8.5 cm−1). Both 2 and 3 exhibit typical alternating spin-chain behaviour in the higher-temperature region, but they display disparate behaviours at lower temperatures. For 2, alternating F–AF interactions compete (J1 = 6.7 K and J2 = −8.2 K), resulting in paramagnet-like behaviour with no clear evidence of three-dimensional contact. Compound 3 exhibits stronger intrachain AF–AF exchange-coupling interactions (J1 = −9.3 K and J2 = −4.3 K), leading to non-diamagnetic ground state due to the tiling of adjacent spins. Long-range magnetic ordering was observed below 10 K. Its narrow hysteresis loop suggests the use of 3 as a soft magnet.

Graphical abstract: Assembly of alternating spin-chains with magnetically anisotropic cobalt(ii) dimers

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The article was received on 05 Oct 2012, accepted on 27 Oct 2012 and first published on 29 Oct 2012

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2DT32362A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2013,42, 1770-1777

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    Assembly of alternating spin-chains with magnetically anisotropic cobalt(II) dimers

    Y. Zheng, L. Qin, Z. Zheng, W. Xue and X. Chen, Dalton Trans., 2013, 42, 1770
    DOI: 10.1039/C2DT32362A

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