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Exchange Coupling and Magnetic Blocking in Bipyrimidyl Radical-Bridged Dilanthanide Complexes

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posted on 14.11.2012, 00:00 by Selvan Demir, Joseph M. Zadrozny, Michael Nippe, Jeffrey R. Long
The synthesis and magnetic properties of three new bipyrimidyl radical-bridged dilanthanide complexes, [(Cp*2Ln)2(μ-bpym)]+ (Ln = Gd, Tb, Dy), are reported. Strong LnIII-bpym•– exchange coupling is observed for all species, as indicated by the increases in χMT at low temperatures. For the GdIII-containing complex, a fit to the data reveals antiferromagnetic coupling with J = −10 cm–1 to give an S = 13/2 ground state. The TbIII and DyIII congeners show single-molecule magnet behavior with relaxation barriers of Ueff = 44(2) and 87.8(3) cm–1, respectively, a consequence of the large magnetic anisotropies imparted by these ions. Significantly, the latter complex exhibits a divergence of the field-cooled and zero-field-cooled dc susceptibility data at 6.5 K and magnetic hysteresis below this temperature.