A uranium-based UO2+-Mn2+ single-chain magnet assembled trough cation-cation interactions

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  • External authors:
  • Victor Mougel
  • Lucile Chatelain
  • Johannes Hermle
  • Roberto Caciuffo
  • Eric Colineau
  • Nicola Magnani
  • Arnaud De Geyer
  • Jacques Pécaut
  • Marinella Mazzanti


Single-chain magnets (SCMs) are materials composed of magnetically isolated one-dimensional (1D) units exhibiting slow relaxation of magnetization. The occurrence of SCM behavior requires the fulfillment of stringent conditions for exchange and anisotropy interactions. Herein, we report the synthesis, the structure, and the magnetic characterization of the first actinide-containing SCM. The 5f-3d heterometallic 1D chains [{[UO2(salen)(py)][M(py) 4](NO3)}]n, (M=Cd (1) and M=Mn (2); py=pyridine) are assembled trough cation-cation interaction from the reaction of the uranyl(V) complex [UO2(salen)py][Cp*2Co] (Cp*=pentamethylcyclopentadienyl) with Cd(NO3)2 or Mn(NO3)2 in pyridine. The infinite UMn chain displays a high relaxation barrier of 134±0.8 K (93±0.5 cm-1), probably as a result of strong intra-chain magnetic interactions combined with the high Ising anisotropy of the uranyl(V) dioxo group. It also exhibits an open magnetic hysteresis loop at T

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)819-823
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014