Year of Publication

2008

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Document Type

Thesis

College

Arts and Sciences

Department

Chemistry

First Advisor

Dr. Stephen M. Holmes

Abstract

The syntheses, structures, and magnetic properties of a series of di/trivalent hydridotris(3,5-dimethylpyrazol-1-yl)borate (Tp*) cyanomanganates were investigated. Treatment of manganese(III)acetylacetonate with KTp* followed by tetra(ethyl)- ammonium cyanide affords [NEt4][(Tp*)MnII(acac)(CN)] (1). Attempts to oxidize 1 with iodine affords {(Tp*)MnII2O-acac-CN)}n (7); a minor complex {[NEt4][(Tp*)MnII2O-acac-3-CN)]2(µ-CN) (8) was also isolated.

The manganese(II) complex [NEt4][(Tp*)MnII2O-acac-3-CN)(κ1N -3-NC-acac)] (2) was obtained via treatment of Mn(3-acacCN)3 with KTp* and [NEt4]CN. [NEt4]2[MnII(CN)4] (3) was prepared via treatment of Mn(OTf)2 with excess [NEt4]CN. [NEt4][(Tp*)MnIII(CN)3] (4), is prepared via treatment of 4 with Mn(3-acacCN)3, KTp* and excess [NEt4]CN. [PPN][(Tp*)MnIII(CN)3] (5) is obtained via treatment of [PPN]3[MnII(CN)6] with (Tp*)SnBu2Cl.

Combination of 4 with [MnII(bipy)2(OH2)2][OTf]2 afforded a tetranuclear rectangular cluster {MnIII 2MnII 2} (9). At low temperature, {MnIII2NiII2} (10) was prepared via treatment of 4 and [Ni(II)(bipy)2(H2O)2][OTf]2. Treatment of 4 with [CoII(bipy)2(OH2)2][OTf]2 at low temperature failed to give the desired {MnIII2CoII2} complex.

Magnetic measurements indicate that 1, 2, and 7 contain high-spin isotropic MnII with no long-range magnetic order observed for 7 (T > 2 K); 4 contains low-spin MnIII that likely adopt an isotropic 3A2 spin ground state. Surprisingly 9 and 10 do not exhibit slow relaxation of the magnetization (for T > 1.8 K) despite the presence of significant molecular anisotropy.

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