Magnetic properties of a family of [MnIII4LnIII4] wheel complexes: an experimental and theoretical study

Gavin A. Craig, Gunasekaran Velmurugan, Claire Wilson, Rafael Valiente, Gopalan Rajaraman, Mark Murrie

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The chelating ligand 1,3-bis(tris(hydroxymethyl)methylamino)propane (H6L) has been used to synthesize a family of octanuclear heterometallic complexes with the formula (NMe4)3[Mn4Ln4(H2L)3(H3L)(NO3)12] (Ln = La (1), Ce (2), Pr (3), Nd (4)). Encapsulation by the ligand causes the Mn(III) centers to lie in an unusually distorted (∼C2v) environment, which is shown by density functional theory and complete active space self-consistent field calculations to impact on the magnetic anisotropy of the Mn(III) ion. The theoretical study also supports the experimental observation of a ferromagnetic superexchange interaction between the Mn(III) ions in 1, despite the ions being separated by the diamagnetic La(III) ion. The optical properties of the compounds show that the distortion of the Mn(III) ions leads to three broad absorption bands originating from the transition metal ion, while the Nd(III) containing complex also displays some weak sharp features arising from the lanthanide f–f transitions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13815-13825
Number of pages11
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number20
Early online date7 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2019


  • chelating ligands
  • octanuclear heterometallic complexes
  • nanomagnets

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