What did scientists discover?
Studies of two related cobalt-II complexes reveal a surprisingly strong dependence of the axial anisotropy, 2D, on geometric angles in the cluster, specifically the S−Co−S angle, θ, and the C−S−Co−S torsion angle, ψ, around the CoS4 core. Indeed, not only does the magnitude of the zero-field-splitting parameter, 2D, change significantly, its sign changes as well, i.e., the anisotropy switches from easy-axis to easy-plane.
Why is this important?
Understanding magneto-structural correlations (the relationship between molecular structure and magnetic properties) is a critical step toward the rational design of molecules with desirable magnetic properties. In turn, such studies can provide powerful tools for understanding important catalytic processes, as well as elucidating the structures of active sites in metallo-proteins.
Who did the research?
E. A. Suturina1,2, J. Nehrkorn3, J. M. Zadrozny4,5, J. Liu5,6, M. Atanasov1,6, T. Weyhermüller1, D. Maganas1, S. Hill5, A. Schnegg3, E. Bill1, J. R. Long4, F. Neese1
1Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion; 2Novosibirsk State University; 3Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin; 4UC Berkeley; 5Northwestern; 5National MagLab; 6University of Oxford; 6Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Why did they need the MagLab?
Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) provides a direct measure of magnetic anisotropy and is, therefore, the method of choice to verify theoretical predictions. However, giant anisotropies require very high frequencies and/or giant magnetic fields. For this reason, the EPR measurements had to be performed at the MagLab.
Details for scientists
- View or download the expert-level Science Highlight, Magneto-Structural Correlations in a Transition Metal Complex
- Read the full-length publication, Magneto-Structural Correlations in Pseudotetrahedral Forms of the [Co(SPh)4]2– Complex Probed by Magnetometry, MCD Spectroscopy, in Inorganic Chemistry.
This research was funded by the following grants: G.S. Boebinger (NSF DMR-1157490); J.R. Long (NSF CHE-1464841); E.A. Suturina (Russian Science Foundation); A. Schnegg (DFG)
For more information, contact Stephen Hill.