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Structural Rearrangement Through Lanthanide Contraction in Dinuclear Complexes

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posted on 17.02.2014 by Amy-Jayne Hutchings, Fatemah Habib, Rebecca J. Holmberg, Ilia Korobkov, Muralee Murugesu
A new series of lanthanide complexes was synthesized, and the geometry and preliminary magnetic measurements of the complexes were explored. The specific ligand used (N′-(2-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzylidene)­benzhydrazide) (H2hmb) was synthesized using a Schiff-base approach and was employed due to the presence of a coordination pocket that is able to accommodate magnetically selective lanthanide ions. The series can be divided into two groups that are categorized by a drastic structural rearrangement. The first group, Type I, contains six analogous complexes with the formula [MIII2(Hhmb)3­(NCS)3]·2MeOH·py (M = Y 1, Eu 2, Gd 3, Tb 4, Dy 5, Ho 6), while the second group, Type II, contains two dinuclear complexes with formula [MIII2(Hhmb)2­(NCS)4(MeOH)2] (M = Er 7, and Yb 8). Single-crystal X-ray analysis revealed that all MIII ions in Type I exhibit monocapped distorted square antiprismatic geometries, while those of Type II exhibit distorted dodecahedron geometry. The direct current and alternating current magnetic measurements were carried out on all complexes, with 5, 7, and 8 exhibiting slow relaxation of the magnetization under an applied optimum dc field. Furthermore, complex 8 is the first example of a dinuclear Yb-based single-molecule magnet showing field-dependent multiple relaxation processes.