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Building of a Novel Mn12 Single Molecule Magnet by Assembly of Anisotropic Triangles Print
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 12:58

Assembly of triangular {MnIII3(O)(salox)3}+ fragments mediated by azido ligands, results in the dodecanuclear [Mn12O4(salox)12(N3)4(MeOH)4(H2O)2] complex with S = 8 ground state and SMM response. After the discovery of the Single-Molecule-Magnet (SMM) behaviour of [Mn6(O)2(salox)6(R-COO)2] (salox = salicylaldoxime, R = Me, Ph) complexes in 2004,1 the chemistry of this family of [Mn6] clusters has been studied in depth: the systematic change of the carboxylato ligands, the study of substitutedR-saloxH2 related ligands,2 the effect of variation of the oxidation state,3 the response under pressure4 or the one-dimensional assembly of [Mn6] units into chains of clusters5 with Single-Chain-Magnet behaviour in some cases,5c,d turn this system into one of the best known in the SMM field. One of the main goals of this work, developed by Brechin et al. has been to modulate the value of the ground spin level, reaching the maximum possible spin S = 12 by means of the adequate choice of methyl or ethyl substituted salicylaldoximes and the understanding of the structural features that control the coupling inside the triangles. Article Link (PDF)