Influence of structure on exchange strength and relaxation barrier in a series of FeIIReIV(CN)2 single-chain magnets

Xiaowen Feng, T. David Harris, Jeffrey R. Long*

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Cyano-bridged single-chain magnets of the type L4FeReCl 4(CN)2, where L = diethylformamide (DEF) (1), dibutylformamide (DBF) (2), dimethylformamide (DMF) (3), dimethylbutyramide (DMB) (4), dimethylpropionamide (DMP) (5), and diethylacetamide (DEA) (6), have been synthesized to enable a systematic study of the influence of structural perturbations on magnetic exchange and relaxation barrier. Across the series, varying the amide ligand leads to Fe-N-C bond angles ranging from 154.703(7)° in 1 to 180° in 6. Variable-temperature dc magnetic susceptibility data indicate ferromagnetic exchange coupling in all compounds, with the strength of exchange increasing linearly, from J = +4.2(2) cm -1 to +7.2(3) cm-1, with increasing Fe-N-C bond angle. Ac magnetic susceptibility data collected as a function of frequency reveal that the relaxation barrier of the chain compounds rises steeply with increasing exchange strength, from 45 cm-1 to 93 cm-1. This examination demonstrates that subtle tuning of orbital overlap, and thus exchange strength, can engender dramatic changes in the relaxation barrier. Indeed, the perfectly linear Fe-N-C bond angle in 6 leads to one of the highest barriers and coercive fields yet observed for a single-chain magnet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1688-1694
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Science
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011

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