Lanthanide double-decker complexes functioning as magnets at the single-molecular level

J Am Chem Soc. 2003 Jul 23;125(29):8694-5. doi: 10.1021/ja029629n.


Double-decker phthalocyanine complexes with Tb3+ or Dy3+ showed slow magnetization relaxation as a single-molecular property. The temperature ranges in which the behavior was observed were far higher than that of the transition-metal-cluster single-molecule magnets (SMMs). The significant temperature rise results from a mechanism in the relaxation process different from that in the transition-metal-cluster SMMs. The effective energy barrier for reversal of the magnetic moment is determined by the ligand field around a lanthanide ion, which gives the lowest degenerate substate a large |Jz| value and large energy separations from the rest of the substates in the ground-state multiplets.