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Research data for paper: Discovery of a Dysprosium Metallocene Single-Molecule Magnet with Two High-Temperature Orbach Processes

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posted on 2022-04-20, 14:52 authored by Richard LayfieldRichard Layfield, Fu-Sheng Guo, Mian He, Guo-Zhang Huang, Sean R. Giblin, David Billington, Frank W. Heinemann, Ming-Liang Tong, Akseli Mansikkamäki

Data for paper published in Inorganic Chemistry April 2022

Crystal data and structure refinements.

Spin-phonon coupling constants.

Coordinates of optimized geometries.


Magnetic bistability in single-molecule magnets (SMMs) is a potential basis for new types of nanoscale information storage material. The standard model for thermally activated relaxation of the magnetization in SMMs is based on the occurrence of a single Orbach process. Here, we show that incorporating a phosphorus atom into the framework of the dysprosium metallocene [(CpiPr5)Dy(CpPEt4)]+[B(C6F5)4]− (CpiPr5 is penta-isopropylcyclopentadienyl, CpPEt4 is tetraethylphospholyl) leads to the occurrence of two distinct high-temperature Orbach processes, with energy barriers of 1410(10) and 747(7) cm–1, respectively. These barriers provide experimental evidence for two different spin–phonon coupling regimes, which we explain with the aid of ab initio calculations. The strong and highly axial crystal field in this SMM also allows magnetic hysteresis to be observed up to 70 K, using a scan rate of 25 Oe s–1. In characterizing this SMM, we show that a conventional Debye model and consideration of rotational contributions to the spin–phonon interaction are insufficient to explain the observed phenomena. 


Radical-Bridged Lanthanide Molecular Nanomagnets

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