Slow magnetic relaxation in a high-spin iron(II) complex

Danna E. Freedman, W. Hill Harman, T. David Harris, Gary J. Long, Christopher J. Chang, Jeffrey R. Long

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(Graph Presented) Slow magnetic relaxation is observed for [(tpaMes)Fe]-, a trigonal pyramidal complex of high-spin iron(II), providing the first example of a mononuclear transition metal complex that behaves as a single-molecule magnet. Dc magnetic susceptibility and magnetization measurements reveal a strong uniaxial magnetic anisotropy (D = -39.6 cm-1) acting on the S = 2 ground state of the molecule. Ac magnetic susceptibility measurements indicate the absence of slow relaxation under zero applied dc field as a result of quantum tunneling of the magnetization. Application of a 1500 Oe dc field initiates slow magnetic relaxation, which follows a thermally activated tunneling mechanism at high temperature to give an effective spin-reversal barrier of Ueff = 42 cm-1 and follows a temperature-independent tunneling mechanism at low temperature. In addition, the magnetic relaxation time shows a pronounced dc-field dependence, with a maximum occurring at ∼1500 Oe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1224-1225
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 3 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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