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Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of the Anti-Ferromagnetic Coupling of Cr(III) Ions through Diamagnetic -O-Nb(V)-O- Bridges

Abstract : The synthesis and properties of a novel hetero-tetranuclear compound [Cr(bpy)(μ-O)Nb(CO)]·3HO (1; bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine), investigated by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, magnetization measurements, IR, UV/visible spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR; X- and Q-bands and high-field), and density functional theory (DFT) calculations, are reported. Crystal structure of 1 (orthorhombic Pcab space group) consists of a square-shaped macrocyclic {Cr(μ-O)Nb} core in which Cr and Nb ions are alternately bridged by oxo ions and three uncoordinated water molecules. The intramolecular Cr···Cr distances through the -O-Nb-O- bridges are 7.410(2) and 7.419(2) Å, while diagonal separation is 5.406(2) Å. The temperature dependence of magnetization M(T) evidences an anti-ferromagnetic ground state, which originates from a magnetic interaction between two Cr ions of spin 3/2 through two triatomic -O-Nb-O- diamagnetic bridges. A spin Hamiltonian appropriate for polynuclear isolated magnetic units was used. The best-fitting curve for this model is obtained with the parameters g = 1.992(3), J = -12.77(5) cm, and |D| = 0.17(4) cm. The Cr···Cr dimer model is confirmed by EPR spectra, which exhibit a pronounced change of their shape around the temperature corresponding to the intradimer coupling J. The EPR spectra simulations and DFT calculations reveal the presence of a single-ion anisotropy that is close to being uniaxial, D = -0.31 cm and E = 0.024 cm.
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Marijana Jurić, Lidija Androš Dubraja, Damir Pajić, Filip Torić, Andrej Zorko, et al.. Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of the Anti-Ferromagnetic Coupling of Cr(III) Ions through Diamagnetic -O-Nb(V)-O- Bridges. Inorganic Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 2017, 56 (12), pp.6879-6889. ⟨10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b00181⟩. ⟨hal-01544246⟩

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