Role of the orbitally degenerate Mn(III) ions in the single-molecule magnet behavior of the cyanide cluster ([MnII(tmphen)2]3[Mn(III)(CN)6]2) (tmphen = 3,4,7,8-tetramethyl-1,10-phenanthroline). Academic Article uri icon


  • We report a new theoretical model that accounts for the unusual magnetic properties of the cyanide cluster ([MnII(tmphen)2]3[MnIII(CN)6]2) (tmphen = 3,4,7,8-tetramethyl-1,10-phenanthroline). The model takes into account (1) the spin-orbit interaction, (2) the trigonal component of the crystal field acting on the ground-state cubic (3)T(1) terms of the apical Mn(III) ions, and (3) the isotropic contribution to the exchange interaction between Mn(III) and Mn(II) ions. The ground state of the cluster was shown to be the state with the total angular momentum projection |M(J)| = 15/2; the energies of the low-lying levels obtained from this treatment increase with decreasing |M(J)| values, a situation that leads to a barrier for the reversal of magnetization (U(eff) approximately 30 cm(-1)). The new model explains the recently discovered single-molecule magnet behavior of the ([MnII(tmphen)2]3[MnIII(CN)6]2)in contrast to the traditional approach that takes into account only the ground-state spin (S) and a negative zero-field splitting parameter (D(S) < 0).

published proceedings

  • J Am Chem Soc

author list (cited authors)

  • Palii, A. V., Ostrovsky, S. M., Klokishner, S. I., Tsukerblat, B. S., Berlinguette, C. P., Dunbar, K. R., & Galn-Mascars, J. R.

citation count

  • 76

complete list of authors

  • Palii, Andrei V||Ostrovsky, Sergei M||Klokishner, Sophia I||Tsukerblat, Boris S||Berlinguette, Curtis P||Dunbar, Kim R||Galán-Mascarós, José Ramón

publication date

  • December 2004