Oriented Synthesis of Chair-Shaped Ln3 + Ln3 Clusters and Magnetic Properties

  • Kai-Qiang Mo
  • Cong Zhang
  • Hua-Hong ZouEmail author
  • Hai-Ling Wang
  • Yan-Cheng Liu
  • Fu-Pei Liang
Original Paper


2-Hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde (L1), 3-amino-1,2-propanediol (L2), trimethylacetic acid (pivalate) and Ln(NO3)3·6H2O were reacted at 80 °C to obtain two hexanuclear clusters [Ln6(HL)2(μ3-OH)2(μ3-OCH3)2(C5H9O2)10(CH3OH)2]·X (Ln = Gd (1, X = 4CH3OH), Er (2)), respectively. The aldehyde group of ligand HL1 is coupled with the amino group of HL2 to obtain 2-(2,3-dihydroxpropyliminomethyl)6-methoxyphenol (H3L). The coordination mode adopted by ligand L3− is μ4-L-k8O1,O2:O2,N1,O3:O3:O3,O4. Trimethylacetic acid adopts three different coordination modes in the six-nuclear cluster. The metal center Ln1 is in the N1O8 coordination environment, and both Ln2 and Ln3 are in the O8 coordination environment. Each of the hexanuclear complex is constructed with Ln3 triangular motifs as building blocks, and the six Ln(III) ions are arranged in a chair-shaped conformation. In magnetization studies of 1 exhibited a large magnetocaloric effect of 20.0 J kg−1 K−1 at 4 K for ΔH = 5 T.


Schiff-base ligand Chair-shaped Hexanuclear complex Magnetocaloric effect 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21601038 and 51572050), Guangxi Natural Science Foundation (2016GXNSFAA380085 and 2015GXNSFDA139007).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory for Chemistry and Molecular Engineering of Medicinal Resources, School of Chemistry and PharmacyGuangxi Normal UniversityGuilinPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Guangxi Key Laboratory of Electrochemical and Magnetochemical Functional Materials, College of Chemistry and BioengineeringGuilin University of TechnologyGuilinPeople’s Republic of China

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