Zero-field slow relaxation of magnetization in cobalt(ii) single-ion magnets: Suppression of quantum tunneling of magnetization by tailoring the intermolecular magnetic coupling

Ryoji Mitsuhashi, Satoshi Hosoya, Takayoshi Suzuki, Yukinari Sunatsuki, Hiroshi Sakiyama, Masahiro Mikuriya

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Abstract

The correlation between magnetic relaxation dynamics and the alignment of single-ion magnets (SIMs) in a crystal was investigated using four analogous cobalt(ii) complexes with unique hydrogen-bond networks. The hydrogen-bonding interactions in the crystals resulted in a relatively short intermolecular Co⋯Co distance, which led to non-zero intermolecular magnetic coupling. All the complexes with a Co⋯Co distance shorter than 6.5 Å exhibited zero-field slow magnetic relaxation as weak magnetic interactions split the ground ±Ms levels and suppressed quantum tunneling of magnetization (QTM). In particular, antiferromagnetically coupled one-dimensional chain SIM networks effectively suppressed QTM when the two intrachain Co⋯Co distances were non-equivalent. However, when the two distances in a chain were equivalent and each molecular symmetry axis aligned parallell within the chain, QTM suppression was insufficient because magnetic coupling from the adjacent molecules was virtually cancelled. Partial substitution of the CoII ion with the diamagnetic ZnII ion up to 33% for this complex resulted in complete QTM suppression in the absence of an external field. These results show that the manipulation of intermolecular distances and alignments is effective for suppressing undesired QTM events in SIMs. This journal is

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43472-43479
Number of pages8
JournalRSC Advances
Volume10
Issue number71
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 23 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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