Supertetrahedral icosanuclear and ring-like decanuclear mixed valent manganese(II/III) triethanolamine clusters

Stuart Langley, Boujemaa Moubaraki, Kevin Berry, Keith Murray

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The synthesis and characterisation of three new mixed-valent manganese clusters [(Mn4Mn16O12)-Mn-II-O-III(OH)(4)(tea)(8)(chp)(4)]center dot 6MeOH center dot 4H(2)O (1), [(Mn6Mn4III)-Mn-II(teaH)(4)(teaH(2))(2)(tpaa)(6)(F)(8)]center dot 2Et(2)O center dot 4MeCN (2) and [(Mn6Mn4III)-Mn-II(teaH)(4)(teaH(2))(2)(2-bpca)(6)(F)(8)]center dot 4MeCN (3) are reported. They were obtained by the reaction of simple manganese salts with triethanolamine (teaH(3)), triethylamine (NEt3) and the appropriate co-ligand. In the case of 1, 6-chloro-2-hydroxypyridine (Hchp) was used, for 2, triphenylacetic acid (tpaa) and 3, 2-biphenylcarboxylic acid (2-bpca). The core of 1 is a Mn-20 supertetrahedron, while the cores of 2 and 3 are identical and have distorted ring-like topologies. Variable-temperature, solid-state DC and AC magnetic studies were performed on 1-3 in the 2-300 K (DC) and 2-18 K (AC) ranges. Cluster 1 has a S = 9 ground state with excited S states, larger in value than 9, close in energy. No SMM features were apparent in 1. In contrast, clusters 2 and 3, with S = 12 or 13 ground states, and with excited S levels of lower value than 12 lying close in energy, do show SMM features, albeit below 2 K in their AC out-of-phase, frequency dependent data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4848 - 4855
Number of pages8
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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