Assembly of Lanthanide(III) Cubanes and Dimers with Single-Molecule Magnetism and Photoluminescence

Ho Yin Wong, Wesley Ting Kwok Chan, Ga Lai Law

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Discrete lanthanide(III) tetranuclear cubane-like clusters seldom occur throughout the LnIIIseries and behave as single-molecule magnets (SMMs). Herein, a series of cubanes, [Ln4(μ3-OH)4(μ-tfa)4(hfa)4(phen)4] (1-9, Ln = La-Dy (except Pm), tfa = trifluoroacetate, hfa = hexafluoroacetylacetonate, phen = 1,10-phenanthroline), and dinuclear clusters, [Ln2(μ-OH)2(hfa)4(phen)2] (10-16, Ln = Tb-Lu), were synthesized and characterized. Two types of clusters were formed due to the change of preferred coordination geometry for lighter and heavier LnIIIions which favor nine-coordinated cubanes and eight-coordinated dimers, respectively. A magnetic study shows that 8-Tb4and 9-Dy4are ferromagnetically coupled and SMM in nature because of the larger Ln···Ln distance compared to other discrete cubanes. The anisotropic barriers, Ueff, of 9-Dy4are determined to be 67.0 K. In addition, the photophysical properties of 6-Eu4, 8-Tb4, and 10-Tb2owing to tfa, hfa, and phen sensitization and O-H quenching are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6893-6902
Number of pages10
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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