Cyano-Bridged MnIII3MIII (MIII = Fe, Cr) Complexes:  Synthesis, Structure, and Magnetic Properties

Two cyano-bridged tetranuclear complexes composed of Mn(III) salen (salen = N,N-ethylene bis(salicylideneiminate)) and hexacyanometalate(III) (M = Fe, Cr) in a stoichiometry of 3:1 have been selectively synthesized using {NH2(n-C12H25)2}3[MIII(CN)6] (MIII = Fe, Cr) starting materials:  [{Mn(salen)(EtOH)}3{M(CN)6}] (M = Fe, 1; Cr, 2). Compounds 1 and 2 are isostructural with a T-shaped structure, in which [M(CN)6]3- assumes a meridional-tridentate building block to bind three [Mn(salen)(EtOH)]+ units. The strong frequency dependence and observation of hysteresis on the field dependence of the magnetization indicate that 1 is a single-molecule magnet.