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Single-Chain Magnet Based on Cobalt(II) Thiocyanate as XXZ Spin Chain


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

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Rams, M., Jochim, A., Böhme, M., Lohmiller, T., Ceglarska, M., Rams, M. M., et al. (2020). Single-Chain Magnet Based on Cobalt(II) Thiocyanate as XXZ Spin Chain. Chemistry – A European Journal, 26(13), 2837-2851. doi:10.1002/chem.201903924.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-D359-7
The cobalt(II) in [Co(NCS)(2)(4-methoxypyridine)(2)](n) are linked by pairs of thiocyanate anions into linear chains. In contrast to a previous structure determination, two crystallographically independent cobalt(II) centers have been found to be present. In the antiferromagnetic state, below the critical temperature (T-c=3.94 K) and critical field (H-c=290 Oe), slow relaxations of the ferromagnetic chains are observed. They originate mainly from defects in the magnetic structure, which has been elucidated by micromagnetic Monte Carlo simulations and ac measurements using pristine and defect samples. The energy barriers of the relaxations are Delta(tau 1)=44.9(5) K and Delta(tau 2)=26.0(7) K for long and short spin chains, respectively. The spin excitation energy, measured by using frequency-domain EPR spectroscopy, is 19.1 cm(-1) and shifts 0.1 cm(-1) due to the magnetic ordering. Ab initio calculations revealed easy-axis anisotropy for both Co-II centers, and also an exchange anisotropy J(xx)/J(zz) of 0.21. The XXZ anisotropic Heisenberg model (solved by using the density renormalization matrix group technique) was used to reconcile the specific heat, susceptibility, and EPR data.