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A First-Principles Analysis of the Magnetism of CuII Polynuclear Coordination Complexes: the Case of [Cu4(bpy)4(aspartate)2(H2O)3](ClO4)4•2.5H2O

Author(s): Mercè Deumal | Jordi Ribas-Ariño | Michael A. Robb | Joan Ribas | Juan J. Novoa

Journal: Molecules
ISSN 1420-3049

Volume: 9;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 757;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Keywords: Molecular magnetism | through-bond interactions | CuII clusters | magnetic susceptibility curves | theoretical studies.

The magnetic structure of the [Cu4(bpy)4(aspartate)2(H2O)3](ClO4)4·2.5 H2Ocrystal — using fractional coordinates determined at room-temperature — has beenanalysed in detail. This analysis has been carried out by extending our first principlesbottom-up theoretical approach, which was initially designed to study through-spacemagnetic interactions, to handle through-bond magnetic interactions. The only input datarequired by this approach are the values of the computed JAB exchange parameters for allthe unique pairs of spin-containing centres. The results allow the magnetic structure ofthe crystal, which presents two types of isolated tetranuclear CuII clusters, to be definedin quantitative terms. Each of these clusters presents ferro and antiferromagneticinteractions, the former being stronger, although outnumbered by the latter. Thecomputed magnetic susceptibility curve shows the same qualitative features as theexperimental data. However, there are small differences that are presumed to beassociated with the use of room-temperature crystal coordinates.
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