Magnetic Sponge Behavior via Electronic State Modulations

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A reversible magnetic change in response to external stimuli is a desired function of molecular magnetic materials. The magnetic change induced by a change in the intrinsic spin is significant because the magnetic change is inevitable and could become drastic. In this study, we demonstrate a reversible magnetic change closely associated with electronic state modulations, as well as structural modifications realized by solvation/desolvation cycles of a magnetic sponge. The compound was a D2A-type layered magnet, [{Ru2(O2CPh-2,3,5-Cl3)4}2(TCNQMe2)]·4DCM (1; 2,3,5-Cl3PhCO2- = 2,3,5-trichlorobenzoate; TCNQMe2 = 2,5-dimethyl-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane; DCM = dichloromethane), where [Ru2(O2CPh-2,3,5-Cl3)4] ([Ru2II,II]) is an electron donor (D) and TCNQMe2 is an electron acceptor (A). Compound 1 had a one-electron-transferred, charge-ordered state with a [{Ru2II,II}-TCNQMe2•--{Ru2II,III}+] (1e-I) formula. Strong intralayer antiferromagnetic couplings between [Ru2II,II] with S = 1 or [Ru2II,III]+ with S = 3/2 and TCNQMe2•- with S = 1/2, as well as ferromagnetic interlayer interactions, induced long-range ferrimagnetic ordering at Tc = 101 K. Interstitial DCM molecules were located between layers, and these were gradually eliminated under vacuum at 80 °C to form a solvent-free compound (1-dry) without loss of crystallinity. The electronic state of 1-dry thermally fluctuated and eventually provided a charge-disproportionate disordered state, with a [{Ru2}0.5+-TCNQMe21.5--{Ru2II,III}+] (1.5e-I) formula as the ground state. The Tc in 1-dry was 34 K because of the presence of diamagnetic TCNQMe22- in some parts of the framework. A large Tc variation with ΔTc ≈ 70 K was switchable; switching was achieved by charge-state modulations accompanied by subtle structural modifications in solvation/desolvation treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5644-5652
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr 25

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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