Is Ferromagnetism an Intrinsic Property of the CuII/GdIII Couple? 1. Structures and Magnetic Properties of Two Novel Dinuclear Complexes with a μ-Phenolato−μ-Oximato (Cu,Gd) Core

Two original dinuclear (CuII,GdIII) complexes (1 and 2) deriving from polydentate nonsymmetrical Schiff base ligands LiH2 have been prepared. Formally they differ by the length of the diamino chain. They crystallize in the orthorhombic Pbca (No. 61) (1) and in the monoclinic P21/n (No. 14) (2) space groups. The cell parameters are a = 12.6295(7) Å, b = 20.7894(9) Å, c = 18.3301(13) Å, and Z = 8 for 1 and a = 12.7246(16) Å, b = 13.5691(17) Å, c = 14.5310(19) Å, β = 94.629(16)°, and Z = 4 for 2. These structural studies show that in both complexes the CuII and GdIII ions are doubly bridged by a phenolato oxygen atom and an oximato (N−O) pair. The bridging network is not planar. The more important distortions are observed for the complex having the larger diamino chain. Unexpectedly the latter complex presents an antiferromagnetic interaction, but the related J value is small (J ≅ −0.49 cm-1). In the former complex the interaction is ferromagnetic (J ≅ 3.5 cm-1) as it is for complexes containing (CuO2Gd) bridging cores which yield J values varying from 1.4 to 10.1 cm-1.