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Pentanuclear heterobimetallic 3d-4f complexes of Ln2M3-type — structure and magnetism

Matthias Siebold, Maria Korabik, Uwe Schilde, Jerzy Mrozinski, and Peter Strauch

Institute of Chemistry, University of Potsdam, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, D 14476 Golm, Germany



Received: 30 October 2007  Revised: 22 February 2008  Accepted: 4 March 2008

Abstract: From a series of pentanuclear, heterobimetallic complexes of the general composition [{Ln(H2O)n}2{Ni(dto)2}3] · xH2O, four complexes (Ln = Gd(III) with n = 4; Ln = Dy(III), Ho(III), or Er(III), with n = 5; x = 9–12; dto = 1,2-dithiooxalate) were studied due to their large magnetic moments (up to 14.65 B.M.). The magnetic properties of these complete series were measured at room temperature and the temperature dependent magnetic properties of the complexes Gd2Ni3, Dy2Ni3, Ho2Ni3, and Er2Ni3 were studied at room temperature down to 1.8 K. Whereas the intramolecular metal-metal distances were rather long (Ni1-Ni2: 11.0–11.5 Å; Ln-Ni: 6.0–6.3 Å), relatively short intermolecular metal-metal distances (Ni1-Ni2′: 3.5 Å; Er-Er′: 6.0 Å) were found in the crystal lattice, giving rise to weak intermolecular metal-metal interactions. These weak spin interactions were also supported by the EPR spectrum of a powdered sample of the diamagnetically undiluted Gd2Ni3 complex.

Keywords: lanthanides - 1,2-dithiooxalate - crystal structure - nickel(II) - magnetic susceptibility

Full paper is available at

DOI: 10.2478/s11696-008-0060-9


Chemical Papers 62 (5) 487–495 (2008)

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