Molecular rotor of Cs2([18]crown-6)3 in the solid state coupled with the magnetism of [Ni(dmit)2]

Tomoyuki Akutagawa, Kozo Shitagami, Sadafumi Nishihara, Sadamu Takeda, Tatsuo Hasegawa, Takayoshi Nakamura, Yuko Hosokoshi, Katsuya Inoue, Satoshi Ikeuchi, Yuji Miyazaki, Kazuya Saito

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Nanoscale molecular rotors that can be driven in the solid state have been realized in Cs2([18]-crown-6)3[Ni(dmit)2] 2 crystals. To provide interactions between the molecular motion of the rotor and the electronic system, [Ni(dmit)2]- ions, which bear one S = 1/2 spin on each molecule, were introduced into the crystal. Rotation of the [18]crown-6 molecules within a Cs2([18]crown-6) 3 supramolecule above 220 K was confirmed using X-ray diffraction, NMR, and specific heat measurements. Strong correlations were observed between the magnetic behavior of the [Ni(dmit)2]- ions and molecular rotation. Furthermore, braking of the molecular rotation within the crystal was achieved by the application of hydrostatic pressure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4397-4402
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Mar 30
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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