A rare example of four-coordinate nonoxido vanadium(IV) alkoxide in the solid state: Structure, spectroscopy, and magnetization dynamics

Danilo Stinghen, Matteo Atzori, Caprici M. Fernandes, Ronny R. Ribeiro, Eduardo L. de Sá, Davi F. Back, Siddhartha O. K. Giese, David L. Hughes, Giovana G. Nunes, Elena Morra, Mario Chiesa, Roberta Sessoli, Jaísa F. Soares

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The distorted tetrahedral [V(OAd)4] alkoxide (OAd = 1-adamantoxide, complex 1) is the first homoleptic, mononuclear vanadium(IV) alkoxide to be characterized in the solid state by X-ray diffraction analysis. The compound crystallizes in the cubic P4̅3n space group with two highly disordered, crystallographically independent molecules in the asymmetric unit. Spin Hamiltonian parameters extracted from low temperature X- and Q-band electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) experiments performed for polycrystalline samples of 1, both in the concentrated (bulk) form and diluted in the diamagnetic [Ti(OAd)4] analogue, reveal a fully axial system with gz < gx, gy and Az ≫ Ax, Ay. Complex 1 has also been characterized by alternate current susceptometry with varying temperature (3–30 K) and static magnetic field (up to 8.5 T), showing field-induced slow relaxation of the magnetization with relaxation times ranging from ca. 3 ms at 3 K to 0.02–0.03 ms at 30 K, in line with relevant results described recently for other potential molecular quantum bits. Pulsed EPR measurements, in turn, disclosed long coherence times of ca. 4 μs at temperatures lower than 40 K, despite the presence of the H-rich ligands. The slow spin relaxation in 1 is the first observed for a tetracoordinate nonoxido vanadium(IV) complex, and results are compared here to those generated by square-pyramidal VIV(O)2+ and trigonal prismatic V4+ with oxygen donor atom sets. Considering that the number of promising d1 complexes investigated in detail for slow magnetization dynamics is still small, the present work contributes to the establishment of possible structural/electronic correlations of interest to the field of quantum information processing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11393-11403
Number of pages11
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number18
Early online date30 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sep 2018

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