[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Bilayers of Prussian blue analogues (PBA) constituted of hard and soft magnets have been fabricated by means of electrochemical deposition. This method affords a good contact between two PBA thin films of nanometer thickness. Complete characterization of the resulting system has been performed, which has allowed the determination of the preservation of the chemical identity of both materials during the electrodeposition and the establishment of a clear interface between them. The magnetic behavior of the bilayer can be explained in terms of an exchange-spring magnet.
Journal of Materials Chemistry C 10/2015; DOI:10.1039/C5TC01926E · 4.70 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE) study has been performed on electrodeposited thin films of the Prussian blue analogue Fe 3 [Cr(CN) 6 ] 2 $15H 2 O (1). This study reveals the onset of hysteretic magnetic signals at temperatures above 60 K, in contrast with magnetic susceptibility measurements which indicate a Curie temperature of 23 K for this ferromagnetic film. The origin of this discrepancy is due to the presence of amorphous iron oxide particles that accumulate in the surface of the material. This report illustrates the potential of MOKE magnetometry for the detection of surface chemical impurities that remain elusive using bulk magnetic techniques.
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 09/2013; 1(42). DOI:10.1039/c3tc31316f · 4.77 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Nanoparticles (NPs) have emerged as a potential tool to improve cancer treatment. Among the proposed uses in imaging and therapy, their use as a drug delivery scaffold has been extensively highlighted. However, there are still some controversial points which need a deeper understanding before clinical application can occur. Here the use of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to detoxify the antitumoral agent cisplatin, linked to a nanoparticle via a pH-sensitive coordination bond for endosomal release, is presented. The NP conjugate design has important effects on pharmacokinetics, conjugate evolution and biodistribution and results in an absence of observed toxicity. Besides, AuNPs present unique opportunities as drug delivery scaffolds due to their size and surface tunability. Here we show that cisplatin-induced toxicity is clearly reduced without affecting the therapeutic benefits in mice models. The NPs not only act as carriers, but also protect the drug from deactivation by plasma proteins until conjugates are internalized in cells and cisplatin is released. Additionally, the possibility to track the drug (Pt) and vehicle (Au) separately as a function of organ and time enables a better understanding of how nanocarriers are processed by the organism.
PLoS ONE 10/2012; 7(10):e47562. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0047562 · 3.23 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Halogen bonds have been applied for the supramolecular
organization of organic free radicals in the solid state and their
role in the propagation of the magnetic exchange has been
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of [Mn12O12(bet)16(EtOH)4](PF6)14·4CH3CN·H2O (in short Mn12bet, bet = betaine = +N(CH3)3-CH2–COO–) single-molecule magnets (SMMs) deposited on previously functionalized gold surfaces have been investigated. Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) either of sodium mercaptoethanesulfonate (MES) or mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) are used as functionalization to avoid the direct interaction between the Mn12bet molecules and the Au surface with the aim of preserving the main functional properties of the molecules. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) analysis show deposited Mn12bet SMMs well-isolated from each other and uniformly distributed on both MES and MPA SAMs. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) studies show that the oxidation state of the mixed-valence Mn12bet core is largely reduced to Mn2+ when molecules are deposited on MES-SAM, whereas in the case of MPA-SAM the relative weights of Mn2+, Mn3+, and Mn4+ in the Mn12bet core are preserved. Despite the substantial retaining of their electronic properties, the magnetization of Mn12bet molecules deposited on MPA-SAM measured by X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) is perturbed with respect to the pristine molecules.
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 07/2012; 116(28):14936–14942. DOI:10.1021/jp3031896 · 4.77 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This paper reports on molecular-based magnetic thin films of Prussian blue analogues (PBA) with high critical temperatures composed of mixed-valence chromium cyanides. The thin films of PBA were synthesized by means of electrodeposition technique. Morphology and magnetic study are presented in a function of electrochemical deposition conditions. We present the electrochemical methods as a promising and effective tool for preparing molecular-based magnetic thin films of Prussian blue analogue.
Nanoscale Research Letters 04/2012; 7(1):232. DOI:10.1186/1556-276X-7-232 · 2.78 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Electrodeposited thin films of the molecule-based magnet Cr 5.5(CN) 12·11.5H 2O exhibit a magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE) with large coercive fields at 200 K. As the thickness of the films is reduced to the nanometer scale, the particle size decreases and the magneto-optical hysteresis becomes relatively large.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The terdentate anionic picolinate-based nitronyl nitroxide (picNN) free radical forms neutral and robust homoleptic complexes with rare earth-metal ions. The nonacoordinated Tb(3+) complex Tb(picNN)(3)·6H(2)O is a single-molecule magnet with an activation energy barrier Δ = 22.8 ± 0.5 K and preexponential factor τ(0) = (5.5 ± 1.1) × 10(-9) s. It shows magnetic hysteresis below 1 K.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This tutorial review illustrates the design of multifunctional oxalate-based magnetic materials through the combination of the intrinsic magnetism of the metal-organic framework and the additional properties introduced by several organic/inorganic functional cations.
Chemical Society Reviews 02/2011; 40(2):473-97. DOI:10.1039/c0cs00111b · 33.38 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The effect of solvent isotopic replacement (H for D) on the size of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) prepared by sodium citrate reduction has been investigated. With increasing replacement of water by deuterium oxide, smaller sizes of Au NPs are obtained, which is interpreted as a consequence of a faster reduction. A mechanism in which a substitution complex, [AuCl3(C6H5O7)−2]−, is formed from AuCl4 and citrate ions prior to its rate-limiting disproportionation into products is suggested. This novel procedure offers an attractive alternative to the existing ones and opens a full range of possibilities for biological studies.
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 01/2010; 114(4). DOI:10.1021/jp9091305 · 4.77 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This paper is divided into two parts: in the first part, the influence of solvate molecules on the magnetic properties of spin crossover salts of [Fe(bpp)(2)][Cr(L)(ox)(2)]ClO(4) x nS (bpp = 2,6-bis(pyrazol-3yl)pyridine; L = 2,2'-bipyridine (bpy) or 1,10-phenanthroline (phen); ox = oxalate dianion; S = solvent) is analyzed. The second part is devoted to the photomagnetic properties of the previously reported [Fe(bpp)(2)][Cr(L)(ox)(2)](2) family of compounds. The study describes the crystal structure, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and magnetic properties of [Fe(bpp)(2)][Cr(bpy)(ox)(2)]ClO(4) x EtOH x 4 H(2)O (1) and [Fe(bpp)(2)][Cr(phen)(ox)(2)]ClO(4) x 1.5 EtOH x 4 H(2)O (2). Both salts are high-spin (HS) compounds. Desolvation of 1 yields a material exhibiting a gradual spin crossover that involves 50% of the Fe(2+) cations. Rehydration of this desolvated salt induces a significant increase in the low-spin (LS) population. Desolvation of 2 affords a material showing a more abrupt spin crossover with thermal hysteresis (T(1/2)(increasing) = 286 K and T(1/2)(decreasing) = 273 K). This material is not very sensitive to rehydration. The anhydrous compounds [Fe(bpp)(2)][Cr(bpy)(ox)(2)](2) (3) and [Fe(bpp)(2)][Cr(phen)(ox)(2)](2) (4) display some quantitative photomagnetic conversion with T(LIESST) values of 41 and 51 K, respectively. Kinetic parameters governing the photo-induced HS-LS relaxation process have been determined and used to reproduce the T(LIESST) curves.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The preparation, magnetic characterization, and X-ray structures of two polycationic Mn(12) single-molecule magnets [Mn(12)O(12)(bet)(16)(EtOH)(4)](PF(6))(14).4CH(3)CN.H(2)O (1) and [Mn(12)O(12)(bet)(16)(EtOH)(3)(H(2)O)](PF(6))(13)(OH).6CH(3)CN.EtOH.H(2)O (2) (bet = betaine = (CH(3))(3)N(+)-CH(2)-CO(2)(-)) are reported. 1 crystallizes in the centrosymmetric P2/c space group and presents a (0:2:0:2) arrangement of the EtOH molecules in its structure. 2 crystallizes in the noncentrosymmetric P4 space group with two distinct Mn(12) polycations, [Mn(12)O(12)(bet)(16)(EtOH)(2)(H(2)O)(2)](14+) (2A) and [Mn(12)O(12)(bet)(16)(EtOH)(4)](14+) (2B) per unit cell. 2A and 2B show a (1:1:1:1) distribution of the coordinated solvent molecules. Interestingly, bond valence sum calculations extracted from X-ray diffraction data indicate the presence of two Mn(2+) ions in the Mn(12) core for both 1 and 2. This finding is confirmed by X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements. A complete magnetic characterization, including subkelvin micro-SQUID magnetometry and inelastic neutron scattering (INS) measurements, permits to extract the parameters of the giant spin Hamiltonian of these polycations. Compared with the archetypal Mn(12) acetate, an increase in the value of the ground spin state from S = 10 to S = 11 together with a decrease in the effective energy barrier, is observed for 1 and 2. Such a result is consistent with the reduction of two Mn(3+) to the less anisotropic Mn(2+) ion in the structures.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The paper reports on the synthesis, crystal structure, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and magnetic properties of a spin crossover salt of formula [Fe(bpp) 2](cis,cis-1,3,5-Hchtc)·5.5 H 2O (1) (bpp = 2,6-bis(pyrazol-3yl)pyridine; cis,cis-1,3,5-Hchtc = monoprotonated cyclohexanetricarboxylate dianion). The salt shows a porous structure with water molecules sitting in the channels. The electronic configuration of the Fe 2+ ions is high-spin (HS). Desolvation of 1 yields a material exhibiting an abrupt spin crossover with a thermal hysteresis loop located near room temperature (T 1/2↑ = 319 K and T 1/2↓ = 309 K). Rehydration of this desolvated salt yields an essentially low-spin (LS) material. This is the first example of a series of hydrogen-bonded porous structures that combine a Fe(bpp) 2 spin crossover unit acting as a hydrogen-bond donor and polycarboxylate anions acting as hydrogen-bond acceptors with different connectivities.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A nitronyl nitroxide free radical containing an appended picolinate moiety was synthesized. The resulting tridentate ligand picNN forms neutral mononuclear metal complexes of formula [M(picNN)(2)].3H(2)O (M = Mn, Co, Ni, Zn). These compounds are isostructural and crystallize in the orthorhombic Pnna space group. The metal complexes have a C(2) symmetric structure, with the metal centers lying on the binary axis and surrounded by two equivalent picNN radicals. The magnetic properties of this family of compounds indicate the presence of very strong metal-radical exchange interactions, ranging from J(Ni-rad) = -193 cm(-1) to J(Mn-rad) = -98 cm(-1). Relatively weak (J(rad-rad) = -15 cm(-1)) through-space magnetic interactions between free radicals coordinated to the same metal center were also evidenced in the study of the diamagnetic zinc(II) complex. Complexation with Cu(2+) affords the carboxylate-bridged tetranuclear copper(II) complex [Cu(4)(picNN)(4)(H(2)O)(4)](ClO(4))(4).4H(2)O having eight interacting S = 1/2 spins in a cyclic topology. The antiferromagnetic copper-radical exchange interaction (J(Cu-rad) = -268 cm(-1)) is one of the largest ever reported.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The cationic nitronyl nitroxide free radical of the N-methylpyridinium type p-MepyNN+ has been combined with [Mo8O26]4− and Keggin [SiW12O40]4− polyanions to afford salts (p-MepyNN)4[Mo8O26]·DMSO (DMSO=dimethylsulfoxide) (1) and (p-MepyNN)4[SiW12O40]·6DMF (DMF=dimethylformamide) (2). Herein, their structural and magnetic properties are described.
Solid State Sciences 12/2008; 10(12):1794-1799. DOI:10.1016/j.solidstatesciences.2008.01.031 · 1.84 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The effect of applied pressure on the magnetic properties of the Prussian blue analogue K0.4Fe4[Cr(CN)6]2.8 x 16 H2O (1) has been analyzed by dc and ac magnetic susceptibility measurements. Under ambient conditions, 1 orders ferromagnetically at a critical temperature (T(C)) of 18.5 K. Under application of pressure in the 0-1200 MPa range, the magnetization of the material decreases and its critical temperature shifts to lower temperatures, reaching T(C) = 7.5 K at 1200 MPa. Pressure-dependent Raman and Mossbauer spectroscopy measurements show that this striking behavior is due to the isomerization of some Cr(III)-C[triple bond]N-Fe(II) linkages to the Cr(III)-N[triple bond]C-Fe(II) form. As a result, the ligand field around the iron(II) centers increases, and the diamagnetic low-spin state is populated. As the number of diamagnetic centers in the cubic lattice increases, the net magnetization and critical temperature of the material decrease considerably. The phenomenon is reversible: releasing the pressure restores the magnetic properties of the original material. However, we have found that under more severe pressure conditions, a metastable sample containing 22% Cr(III)-N[triple bond]C-Fe(II) linkages can be obtained. X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism of this metastable sample confirm the linkage isomerization process.
Journal of the American Chemical Society 11/2008; 130(46):15519-32. DOI:10.1021/ja8047046 · 12.11 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The self-assembly of a 1:1 mixture of copper(II) ions and a rigid heteroditopic ligand L containing phen and terpy binding units gives rise in the solid state to green crystals of a hexanuclear metallamacrocycle 1. X-ray crystallography reveals that 1 consists of molecular hexagons of the grid-type family in which each metal ion is bound to two different ligands through the phen and terpy units, plus a weakly coordinated PF6 (-) anion in a highly distorted octahedral geometry. ES-MS studies of acetonitrile solutions of L and copper(II) in a 1:1 ratio show mixtures of polynuclear complexes in which trinuclear L3Cu3 species are predominant.