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Title: Magneto-structural studies of paramagnetic metal cages
Author: Fraser, Hector William Lucas
ISNI:       0000 0004 7654 3845
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2018
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A central concern within the field of molecular magnetism has been the elucidation of magneto-structural correlations. This thesis describes a variety of systems and endeavours to study the relationship between structure and magnetic properties in these systems. The first body of work (chapters 2 and 3) studies CrIII dimers, with the metal centres displaying a dialkoxo bridging moiety and latterly an additional carboxylate bridge to direct the synthesis of ferromagnetic analogues. The second section of work (chapters 4‐6) moves forward to the study of larger, heterometallic 3d‐3d compounds, through the synthesis of a large family of Anderson type MIII 2MII 5 wheels and a subsequent family of (VIVO)2MII 5 wheels. Chapter 2 describes a series of di‐alkoxo bridged Cr(III) dimers, synthesised using the pyridine alcohol ligands 2‐pyridinemethanol (hmpH) and 2‐pyridineethanol (hepH) as well as 2‐picolinic acid (picH). The structures fall into four general categories and are of formula: [Cr2(OMe)2(pic)4], [Cr2(hmp)2(pic)2X2] (where X = Cl, Br), [Cr2(L)2Cl4(A)2] (where L = hmp, A = H2O; L = hmp, A = pyridine; L = hmp, A = 4‐picoline; L = hep, A = H2O), and [Cr(hmp)(hmpH)Cl2. Magnetic studies show relatively weak antiferromagnetic exchange interactions between the Cr(III) centres and DFT calculations are used to develop magneto‐structural correlations, showing that the magnitude and sign of the J value is strongly dependent upon the orientation of the dihedral angle formed between the bridging Cr2O2 plane and the O-R vector of the bridging group, and the Cr-O-Cr-O dihedral angle. Chapter 3 builds on the work from the previous chapter with discussion of a large family of chromium(III) dimers, synthesised using a combination of carboxylate and diethanolamine type ligands. The compounds have the general formula [Cr2(R1‐deaH)2(O2CR2)Cl2]Cl where R1 = Me and R2 = H, Me, CMe3, Ph, 3,5‐(Cl)2Ph, (Me)5Ph, R1 = Et and R2 = H, Ph. The compound [Cr2(Me‐deaH)2Cl4] was also synthesised in order to study the effect of removing/adding the carboxylate bridge to the observed magnetic behaviour. Magnetic studies reveal ferromagnetic exchange interactions between the Cr(III) centres in the carboxylate bridged family with coupling constants in the range +0.37 < J < +8.02 cm‐1. Removal of the carboxylate to produce the dialkoxide‐bridged compound results in antiferromagnetic exchange between the Cr(III) ions. DFT calculations to further develop the magneto-structural correlations reveal the ferromagnetic exchange is the result of an orbital counter-complementarity effect occurring upon introduction of the bridging carboxylate. Chapter 4 reports a family of heterometallic Anderson‐type 'wheels' of general formula [MIII 2MII 5(hmp)12](ClO4)4 (where MIII = Cr or Al and MII = Ni or Zn giving [Cr2Ni5], [Cr2Zn5], [Al2Ni5] and [Al2Zn5]; hmpH = 2‐pyridinemethanol) synthesised solvothermally. The metallic skeleton describes a centred hexagon with the MIII sites disordered around the outer wheel. The structural disorder is characterised via single crystal X‐ray crystallography, 1‐3D 1H and 13C solution‐state NMR spectroscopy of the diamagnetic analogue, and solid‐state 27Al MAS NMR spectroscopy of the Al containing analogues. Alongside ESI mass spectrometry, these techniques show that structure is retained in solution, and that the disorder is present in both the solution and solid‐state. Solid‐state dc susceptibility and magnetisation measurements on [Cr2Zn5] and [Al2Ni5] reveal the Cr‐Cr and Ni‐Ni exchange interactions to be JCr‐Cr = ‐1 cm‐1 and JNi‐Ni,r = ‐5 cm‐1, JNi‐Ni,c = 10 cm‐1. Fixing these values allows us to extract JCr‐Ni,r = ‐1.2 cm‐1, JCr‐Ni,c = 2.6 cm‐1, the exchange between adjacent Ni and Cr ions on the ring is antiferromagnetic and between Cr ions on the ring and the central Ni ion is ferromagnetic. Chapter 5 focusses on planar molecules, espanding the family of heterometallic Anderson‐type 'wheels' discussed in chapter 4 to include MIII = Cr, Al and MII = Co, Fe, Mn, Cu, affording five new species of formulae [Cr2Co5(hmp)12](ClO4)4, [Cr2Fe5(hmp)12](ClO4)4, [Cr2Mn5(hmp)12](ClO4)4, [Cr2Cu5(hmp)12](ClO4)2(NO3)2 and [Al2Co5(hmp)12](ClO4)4. As per previous family members, the two MIII sites are disordered around the outer wheel, with the exception of [Cr2Cu5] where the the CuII sites are localised. A structurally related, but enlarged planar disc possessing a [MIII 6MII] hexagon capped on each edge by a CuII ion is also reported, which is formed only when MIII = Al and MII = Cu. In [AlIII 6CuII 7(OH)12(hmp)12](ClO4)6(NO3)2 the Anderson moiety contains a central, (symmetry‐imposed) octahedral CuII ion surrounded by a wheel of AlIII ions. Solid‐state dc susceptibility and magnetisation measurements reveal the presence of competing exchange interactions in the Anderson wheels family, and weak antiferromagnetic exchange between the CuII ions in [Al6Cu7]. Chapter 6 describes two heterometallic wheels of formula [(VIVO)2MII 5(hmp)10Cl2](ClO4)2∙2MeOH (where MII = Ni or Co) displaying the same Anderson‐type structure as seen in chapters 4 and 5, however the use of the vanadyl moiety has the effect of removing the disorder, with the two vanadyl ions sitting on opposing sides of the ring. The magnetic properties of both show competing antiferroand ferromagnetic interactions.
Supervisor: Brechin, Euan ; Inglis, Ross Sponsor: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: molecular magnetism ; chromium ; magneto-structural correlations ; inorganic chemistry ; transition metals