Isostructural tetranuclear clusters [Ln4(salen) 6]·xH2O [Ln = Dy, 1·5.5H2O; Ho, 2·4.6H2O; Eu, 3·5.2H2O; salen = N,N′-ethylenebis(salicylideneiminato)dianion] were prepared by self-assembling the corresponding lanthanide ions and a quadridentate Schiff base. Interestingly, the Ln ions are surrounded by the N- and O-donors of the Schiff bases, leading to seven- and eight-coordinate environments. The heptacoordinated Ln centers adopt a distorted capped trigonal prism, while the octacoordinated Ln atoms are in a dodecahedral disposition. The Dy complex exhibits slow magnetic relaxation, characteristic of a single-molecule magnet. Two relaxation modes in the Dy system are evident when Hdc = 1.4 kG is applied, which is attributable to the existence of the dissimilar coordination geometries around Dy. In comparison, the Ho and Eu analogues were magnetically inspected, displaying no typical slow magnetic relaxation. These findings elucidate that the metal component in the system plays a central role in the occurrence of the magnetization relaxation process. The pronounced long-range order may contribute to intrachain exchange couplings and through-space dipolar interactions between adjacent chains.
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- Inorganic Chemistry