Tritopic pyridinebis(hydrazone)-based ligands typically produce square M(9) [3 × 3] grid complexes with first-row transition-metal ions (e.g., M = Mn, Fe, Co, Cu, Zn), but with larger lanthanide ions, such coordination motifs are not produced, and instead linear trinuclear complexes appear to be a preferred option. The reaction of 2pomp [derived from pyridine-2,6-bis(hydrazone) and 2-acetylpyridine] with La(III), Gd(III), and Dy(III) salts produces helical linear trinuclear [Ln(3)(2pomp)(2)]-based complexes, where each metal ion occupies one of the three tridentate ligand pockets. Two ligands encompass the three metal ions, and internal connections between metal ions occur through μ-O(hydrazone) bridges. Coligands include benzoate, nitrate, and N,N-dimethylformamide. The linear Dy(III)(3) complex exhibits single-molecule magnet behavior, demonstrated through alternating-current susceptibility measurements. Slow thermal magnetic relaxation was detected in an external field of 1800 Oe, where quantum-tunneling effects were suppressed (U(eff) = 14 K).
Anwar, Muhammad U; Tandon, Santokh Singh; Dawe, Louise N; Habib, Fatemah; Murugesu, Muralee; Thompson, Laurence K. (2011). Lanthanide complexes of tritopic bis(hydrazone) ligands: single-molecule magnet behavior in a linear Dy(III)3 complex.. Inorganic Chemistry 51(2) 1028-1034. doi: 10.1021/ic2022006. Retrieved from https://oaks.kent.edu/chempubs/25