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General One-Step Self-Assembly of Isostructural Intermetallic CoII3LnIII Cubane Aggregates

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posted on 19.11.2012, 00:00 by Pei Wang, Santiranjan Shannigrahi, Nikolai L. Yakovlev, T. S. Andy Hor
A new family of Co/rare-earth intermetallic cubane aggregates [Co3Ln­(hmp)4(OAc)5H2O] (Ln = Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Y) have been synthesized by self-assembly. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that they are remarkably isostructural in showing a common [Co3Ln] core. Magnetic studies showed that the Dy, Er, Tm, Yb, and Y complexes are ferromagnetic. The Dy complex exhibits the largest magnetocaloric effect (−ΔSm = 12.58 J kg–1 K–1), which can be attributed to the large magnetic density of DyIII.