Probing Relaxation Dynamics in Five-Coordinate Dysprosium Single-Molecule Magnets
journal contributionposted on 13.05.2021, 08:44 by Vijay S Parmar, Fabrizio Ortu, Xiaozhou Ma, Nicholas F Chilton, Rodolphe Clerac, David P Mills, Richard EP Winpenny
A new family of five-coordinate lanthanide single-molecule magnets (Ln SMMs) [Dy(Mes*O)2(THF)2X] (Mes*=2,4,6-tri-tert-butylphenyl; X=Cl, 1; Br, 2; I, 3) is reported with energy barriers to magnetic reversal >1200 K. The five-coordinate DyIII ions have distorted square pyramidal geometries, with halide anions on the apex, and two Mes*O ligands mutually trans- to each other, and the two THF molecules forming the second trans- pair. These geometrical features lead to a large magnetic anisotropy in these complexes along the trans-Mes*O direction. QTM and Raman relaxation times are enhanced by varying the apex halide from Cl to Br to I, or by dilution in a diamagnetic yttrium analogue.