Ultra-low temperature structure determination of a Mn-12 single-molecule magnet and the interplay between lattice solvent and structural disorder

Andrew R. Farrell*, Jonathan A. Coome, Michael R. Probert, Andres E. Goeta, Judith A. K. Howard, Marie-Helene Lemee-Cailleau, Simon Parsons, Mark Murrie

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Abstract

We have determined the ultra-low temperature crystal structure of the archetypal single-molecule magnet (SMM) [Mn12O12(O2CMe)16(H2O)4]·4H2O·2MeCO2H (1) at 2 K, by using a combination of single-crystal X-ray and single-crystal neutron diffraction. This is the first structural study of any SMM in the same temperature regime where slow magnetic relaxation occurs. We reveal an additional hydrogen bonding interaction between the {Mn12} cluster and its solvent of crystallisation, which shows how the lattice solvent transmits disorder to the acetate ligands in the {Mn12} complex. Unusual quantum properties observed in 1 have long been attributed to disorder. Hence, we studied the desolvation products of 1, in order to understand precisely the influence of lattice solvent on the structure of the cluster. We present two new axially symmetric structures corresponding to different levels of desolvation of 1, [Mn12O12(O2CMe)16(H2O)4]·4H2O (2) and [Mn12O12(O2CMe)16(H2O)4] (3). In 2, removal of acetic acid of crystallisation largely resolves positional disorder in the affected acetate ligands, whereas removal of lattice water molecules further resolves the acetate ligand disorder in 3. Due to the absence of acetic acid of crystallisation, both 2 and 3 have true, unbroken S4 symmetry, showing for the first time that it is possible to prepare fully axial Mn12-acetate analogues from 1, via single-crystal to single-crystal transformations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3423-3429
Number of pages7
JournalCrystEngComm
Volume15
Issue number17
Early online date1 Mar 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2013

Keywords

  • HIGH-SPIN MOLECULES
  • PHASE-TRANSITION
  • NEUTRON-DIFFRACTION
  • MN-12-ACETATE
  • CRYSTAL
  • MAGNETIZATION
  • SYMMETRY
  • NANOMAGNETS
  • INTEGRATION
  • SCATTERING

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