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Trapping of a Pseudotetrahedral CoIIO4 Core in Mixed-Valence Mixed-Geometry [Co5] Coordination Aggregates: Synthetic Marvel, Structures and Magnetism
, María José Heras Ojea, Sarkar Arup, Murrie Mark, Rajaraman Gopalan, Ray Debashis
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Volume: 57
Issue: 21
Pages: 13176 - 13187
A systematic one-step one-pot multicomponent reaction of Co(ClO4)2{\textperiodcentered}6H2O, H3L (2,6-bis((2-(2-hydroxyethylamino)ethylimino)methyl)-4-methylphenol) and readily available carboxylate salts (RCO2Na; R = CH3, C2H5) resulted in the two structurally novel coordination aggregates [CoIICoIII4L2($\mu$1,3-O2CCH3)2($\mu$-OH)2](ClO4)4{\textperiodcentered}4H2O (1) and [CoIICoIII4L2($\mu$1,3-O2CC2H5)2($\mu$-OH)($\mu$-OMe)](ClO4)4{\textperiodcentered}5H2O (2). At room temperature, reactions of H3L in MeOH with cobalt(II) perchlorate salts led to coassembly of initially formed ligand-bound {CoII2} fragments following aerial oxidation of metal centers and bridging by in situ generated hydroxido/alkoxido groups and added carboxylate anions. Available alkoxido arms of the initially formed {L($\mu$1,3-O2CCH3)($\mu$-OH/OMe)Co2}+ fragments were utilized to trap a central CoII ion during the formation of [Co5] aggregates. In the solid state, both complexes have been characterized by X-ray crystallography, variable-temperature magnetic measurements and theoretical studies. Both 1 and 2 show field-induced slow magnetic relaxation that arises from the single pseudo-Td CoII ion present. The structural distortion leads to an easy-axis magnetic anisotropy (D = -31.31 cm-1 for 1 and -21.88 cm-1 for 2) and a small but non-negligible transverse component (E/D = 0.11 for 1 and 0.08 for 2). The theoretical studies also reveal how the O-Co-O bond angles and the interplanar angles control D and E values in 1 and 2. The presence of two diamagnetic {Co2($\mu$-L)} hosts controls the distortion of the central {CoO4} unit, highlighting a strategy to control single-ion magnetic anisotropy by trapping single ions within a diamagnetic coordination environment.
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