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Slow Magnetic Relaxation in a Mononuclear Eight-Coordinate Cobalt(II) Complex

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posted on 03.09.2014, 00:00 by Lei Chen, Jing Wang, Jin-Mei Wei, Wolfgang Wernsdorfer, Xue-Tai Chen, Yi-Quan Zhang, You Song, Zi-Ling Xue
The quest for the single-molecular magnets (SMMs) based on mononuclear transition-metal complexes is focused on the low-coordinate species. No transition-metal complex with a coordination number of eight has been shown to exhibit SMM properties. Here the magnetic studies have been carried out for a mononuclear, eight-coordinate cobalt­(II)-12-crown-4 (12C4) complex [CoII(12C4)2]­(I3)2(12C4) (1) with a large axial zero-field splitting. Magnetic measurements show field-induced, slow magnetic relaxation under an applied field of 500 Oe at low temperature. The magnetic relaxation time τ was fitted by the Arrhenius model to afford an energy barrier of Ueff = 17.0 cm–1 and a preexponential factor of τ0 = 1.5 × 10–6 s. The work here presents the first example of the eight-coordinate, mononuclear, 3d metal complex exhibiting the slow magnetic relaxation.