A low-dimensional molecular spin system with two steps of magnetic transitions and liquid crystal property.
ABSTRACT A low-dimensional compound [C(6)-Apy][Ni(mnt)(2)] (1, where mnt(2-) = maleonitriledithiolate, C(6)-Apy(+) = 4-amino-1-hexylpyridinium) has been designed and synthesized, which has layer arrangement of anions and cations and shows two steps of magnetic transitions. The low temperature magnetic transition has an uncommon hysteresis loop, while the crystal structure investigations disclosed no structural transition with the magnetic transition. The high temperature magnetic transition exhibits two remarkable features: (1) it synchronously occurs with a crystalline-to-mesophase transition in the first heating process and (2) the structural changes that accompany the solid-mesophase transition are irreversible. A diamagnetic and isostructural compound, [C(6)-Apy][Cu(mnt)(2)], is further characterized by structure, DSC and POM techniques, which revealed also the existence of an irreversible crystalline-to-mesophase transition in the same temperature interval of [C(6)-Apy][Ni(mnt)(2)]. Therefore, the high-temperature magnetic transition in 1 is driven by release of the structural strains, but not magnetoelastic interactions. The mesophase exhibits the characteristic of smectic A phase, and the alkyl chain melting in the cation layers probably lead to the formation of mesophase. It is noticeable that the finding of a mesophase occurring in a hexyl hydrocarbon chain molecular system is in contrast to a suggested rule that at least a dodecyl chain is required. Our results will shed a light on the design and preparation of a new low-dimensional molecular system combining magnetic transition and liquid crystal properties.
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ABSTRACT: The asymmetric unit of the title complex, (C(9)H(15)N(2))(2)[Ni(C(4)N(2)S(2))(2)], comprises one 4-dimethyl-amino-1-ethyl-pyri-din-ium cation and one half of a [Ni(mnt)(2)](2-) (mnt(2-) = maleo-nitrile-dithiol-ate) anion; the complete anion is generated by the application of a centre of inversion. The Ni(II) ion is coordinated by four S atoms of two mnt(2-) ligands and exhibits a square-planar coordination geometry.Acta Crystallographica Section E Structure Reports Online 04/2012; 68(Pt 4):m395. · 0.35 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: A new one-dimensional (1-D) ion-pair compound, [1,7-bis(1-methylimidazolium)heptane][Ni(mnt)(2)](2) (mnt(2-) = maleonitriledithiolate), was synthesized and characterized structurally and magnetically. This compound shows a spin-Peierls-type transition at around 235 K. Its crystal structure belongs to the monoclinic system with space group C2/c and the magnetic [Ni(mnt)(2)](-) anions form uniform stacks in the high-temperature (HT) phase. The crystal undergoes a transformation into the triclinic space group P1[combining macron] accompanied by the magnetic transition and the anion stacks become dimerized in the low-temperature (LT) phase. The entropy changes (ΔS) are estimated to be 0.772 J K(-1) mol(-1) for the spin-Peierls-type transition, from DSC data, which is much less than the spin entropy change (ΔS = R ln 2 ≈ 5.76 J K(-1) mol(-1)), indicating that a substantial short-range order persists above the transition temperature. The variable temperature IR spectra showed that the peak positions and intensities for the bands near 1160 and 725 cm(-1), which correspond respectively to the ν(C-C) + ν(C-S) mode of the mnt(2-) ligands and the rocking vibration mode of the methylene group γ(r)(CH(2)) in the cation moiety, undergo an abrupt change at around 240 K, close to the transition temperature. This observation demonstrates that the intramolecular vibrations of both the anion and the counter-cation probably couple with the spins to cooperate with the spin-Peierls-type phase transition in this 1-D spin system.Dalton Transactions 01/2013; · 3.81 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: In the anion of the title compound, (C12H13N2)[Ni(C4N2S2)2], the Ni(II) atom is coordinated by four S atoms from two 1,2-di-cyano-ethene-1,2-di-thiol-ate (mnt) ligands in a suqare-planar geometry. Weak C-H⋯N and C-H⋯S hydrogen bonds between the 1-ethyl-4,4'-bipyridin-1-ium cations and mnt anions and weak π-π inter-actions between the pyridine rings of the cations [centroid-centroid distances = 3.808 (3) and 3.972 (3) Å] lead to a two-dimensional network parallel to (010).Acta Crystallographica Section E Structure Reports Online 01/2013; 69(Pt 8):m428. · 0.35 Impact Factor