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A Series of Heterometallic Three-Dimensional Frameworks Constructed from Imidazole–Dicarboxylate: Structures, Luminescence, and Magnetic Properties

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posted on 02.10.2013, 00:00 authored by Xun Feng, Lu-Fang Ma, Lang Liu, Li-Ya Wang, Hong-Liang Song, Shi-Yu Xie
The combination of lanthanide and zinc nitrates reaction with a rigid 1-H-2-methyl-4,5-imidazole-dicarboxylic acid yields a new zinc complex of Zn­(Hmimda)2·2H2O (1) and a family of heteronuclear polymers, namely, {[Ln2Zn2­(μ3-Hmimda)23-mimda)2·4H2O]·mH2O}n, Ln = Sm, m = 2 (2), Ln = Eu, m = 3 (3), Ln = Gd, m = 2 (4), Ln = Tb, m = 3 (5), Ln = Dy, m = 3 (6) (H3mimda = 1H-2-methyl-4,5-imidazole-dicarboxylic acid). Structural analysis shows that complexes 26 are isostructural and all crystallize in the monoclinic system, except for a slight disparity for 2. They have an extended nonporous structure constructed from tetraheteronuclear edifices with new framework topology, in which the Ln­(III)–Zn square tetranuclear complexes act as the second building unit, which are further interconnected by the Hmimda to afford a two-dimensional corrugated layer. Both compounds 5 and 6 exhibit characteristic fluorescence in the visible region. The variable temperature magnetic investigations indicate that the magnetic interactions are mainly ascribed to depopulation of the Stark levels or possible antiferromagnetic couplings. The Dy­(III)–Zn­(II) compound exhibits possible ferromagnetic couplings and slow magnetic relaxation behavior of a single-molecule magnet nature.