Tools for predicting the nature and magnitude of magnetic anisotropy in transition metal complexes: Application to Co(II) complexes

Abstract : This work addresses the question of the identification of the excited states that are mainly responsible for the magnitude and nature of the magnetic anisotropy in high-spin mononuclear transition metal complexes. Only few states are actually responsible for the single ion magnetic anisotropy, and these states can be anticipated from rather simple rules. We show that in high-spin complexes atomic selection rules still prevail and that molecular selection rules from the symmetry point group are more selective than those of the double group. The predictive power of these rules is exemplified on a penta-coordinate Co(II) complex investigated with correlated ab initio calculations, including relativistic contributions. The electronic structure of excited states coupled to the ground state through spin-orbit coupling informs us about the nature (either axial or planar) of their contribution to the anisotropy. From this information, it is possible to anticipate the nature and strength of the ligand field and predict the magnetic anisotropy, which may guide the synthesis of improved anisotropic complexes. Such results can also be used to improve the quality of ab initio calculations of the spin Hamiltonian parameters and to reduce the computational cost.
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Magnetochemistry, MDPI, 2016, 2, pp.31. 〈10.3390/magnetochemistry2030031〉
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Benjamin Cahier, Rémi Maurice, Hélène Bolvin, Talal Mallah, Nathalie Guihéry. Tools for predicting the nature and magnitude of magnetic anisotropy in transition metal complexes: Application to Co(II) complexes. Magnetochemistry, MDPI, 2016, 2, pp.31. 〈10.3390/magnetochemistry2030031〉. 〈in2p3-01351335〉

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