This paper belongs to a series of contributions aiming at establishing a general library that helps in the description of the crystal field (CF) effect of any ligand on the splitting of the J ground states of mononuclear f-element complexes. Here, the effective parameters associated with the oxo ligands (effective charges and metal-ligand distances) are extracted from the study of the magnetic properties of the first two families of single-ion magnets based on lanthanoid polyoxometalates (POMs), formulated as [Ln(W5O18)2]9-. and [Ln(β2-SiW11O39)2]13-. (Ln = Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb). This effective CF approach provides a good description of the lowest-lying magnetic levels and the associated wave functions of the studied systems, which is fully consistent with the observed magnetic behavior. In order to demonstrate the predictive character of this model, we have extended our model in a first step to calculate the properties of the POM complexes of the early 4f-block metals. In doing so, [Nd(W5O18)2]9-. has been identified as a suitable candidate to exhibit SMM behavior. Magnetic experiments have confirmed such a prediction, demonstrating the usefulness of this strategy for the directed synthesis of new nanomagnets. Thus, with an effective barrier of 51.4 cm-1 under an applied dc field of 1000 Oe, this is the second example of a Nd3+-based single-ion magnet.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry