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Variation of the Chain Geometry in Isomeric 1D Co(NCS)(2) Coordination Polymers and Their Influence on the Magnetic Properties


Schnegg,  Alexander
Research Department DeBeer, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Max Planck Society;

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Böhme, M., Jochim, A., Rams, M., Lohmiller, T., Suckert, S., Schnegg, A., et al. (2020). Variation of the Chain Geometry in Isomeric 1D Co(NCS)(2) Coordination Polymers and Their Influence on the Magnetic Properties. Inorganic Chemistry, 59(8), 5325-5338. doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b03357.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-8525-9
Two different isomers of [Co(NCS)(2)(4-chloropyr-idine)(2)](n), (3C and 3L) were synthesized from solution and by thermal decomposition of Co(NCS)(2)(4-chloropyridine)(2)(H2O)(2)(2), which show a different metal coordination leading to corrugated chains in 3C and to linear chains in 3L. Solvent mediated conversion experiments prove that 3C is thermodynamically stable at room temperature where 3L is metastable. Magnetic measurements reveal that the magnetic exchange in 3L is comparable to that observed for previously reported related chain compounds, whereas in 3C with corrugated chains, the ferromagnetic interaction within the chains is strongly suppressed. The magnetic ordering takes place at 2.85 and 0.89 K, for 3L and 3C, respectively, based on specific heat measurements. For 3L the field dependence of magnetic relaxations in antiferromagnetically ordered ferromagnetic chains is presented. In addition, 3L is investigated by FD-FT THz-EPR spectroscopy, revealing a ground to first excited state energy gap of 14.0 cm(-1). Broken-symmetry DFT calculations for 3C and 3L indicate a ferromagnetic intrachain interaction. Ab initio CASSCF/CASPT2/RASSI-SO computational studies reveal significantly different single-ion anisotropies for the crystallographically independent cobalt(II) centers in 3C and 3L. Together with the geometry of the chains this explains the magnetic properties of 3C and 3L. The ab initio results also explain the weaker exchange interaction in 3C and 3L as compared to previously reported [Co(NCS)(2)(L)(2)](n) compounds with linear chains.