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Rationalizing the sign and magnitude of the magnetic coupling and anisotropy in dinuclear manganese(iii) complexes

Vignesh, KR and Langley, SK and Gartshore, CJ and Borilović, I and Forsyth, CM and Rajaraman, G and Murray, KS (2018) Rationalizing the sign and magnitude of the magnetic coupling and anisotropy in dinuclear manganese(iii) complexes. Dalton Transactions, 47 (34). pp. 11820-11833. ISSN 1477-9226


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© 2018 The Royal Society of Chemistry. We have synthesised twelve manganese(iii) dinuclear complexes, 1-12, in order to understand the origin of magnetic exchange (J) between the metal centres and the magnetic anisotropy (D) of each metal ion using a combined experimental and theoretical approach. All twelve complexes contain the same bridging ligand environment of one μ-oxo and two μ-carboxylato, that helped us to probe how the structural parameters, such as bond distance, bond angle and especially Jahn-Teller dihedral angle affect the magnetic behaviour. Among the twelve complexes, we found ferromagnetic coupling for five and antiferromagnetic coupling for seven. DFT computed the J and ab initio methods computed the D parameter, and are in general agreement with the experimentally determined values. The dihedral angle between the two Jahn-Teller axes of the constituent MnIII ions are found to play a key role in determining the sign of the magnetic coupling. Magneto-structural correlations are developed by varying the Mn-O distance and the Mn-O-Mn angle to understand how the magnetic coupling changes upon these structural changes. Among the developed correlations, the Mn-O distance is found to be the most sensitive parameter that switches the sign of the magnetic coupling from negative to positive. The single-ion zero-field splitting of the MnIII centres is found to be negative for complexes 1-11 and positive for complex 12. However, the zero-field splitting of the S = 4 state for the ferromagnetic coupled dimers is found to be positive, revealing a significant contribution from the exchange anisotropy-a parameter which has long been ignored as being too small to be effective.

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