[Ln16] complexes (Ln = GdIII, DyIII): molecular analogues of natural minerals such as hydrotalcite†
Two new hexadecanuclear lanthanide complexes employing the 1,5-bis(salicylidene)carbohydrazide (H2bsc) ligand are reported herein. These polynuclear aggregates crystallize in the R space group, which is unprecedented in a family of lanthanide complexes with such high nuclearity. Magnetic susceptibility measurements reveal weak intramolecular interactions between the magnetic centres, and in the case of compound 2 (DyIII), single-molecule magnet properties are observed.
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