Element-Selective Molecular Charge Transport Characteristics of Binuclear Copper(II)-Lanthanide(III) Complexes

Sebastian Schmitz, Andrew Kovalchuk, Alejandro Martin-Rodriguez, Jan van Leusen, Natalya V. Izarova, Svenja D. M. Bourone, Yong Ai, Eliseo Ruiz, Ryan C. Chiechi, Paul Koegerler, Kirill Yu. Monakhov

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A series of isostructural dinuclear 3d-4f complexes, isolated as [CuLn(L center dot SMe)(2)(OOCMe)(2)(NO3)]center dot xMeOH (Ln = Gd 1, Tb 2, Dy 3, and Y 4; x = 0.75-1) and comprising one acetate and two thioether-Schiff base (L. SMe-) bridging ligands based on 4-(methylthio)aniline and 2-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde (HL center dot SMe = C15H15NO2S), was synthesized and fully characterized. The magnetic properties of the charge-neutral {CuLn} complexes are dominated by ferromagnetic Cu-II-Ln(III) exchange interactions. Large-area electron transport studies reveal that the average conductivity of robust, self-assembled {CuLn} monolayers on a gold substrate is significantly lower than that of common alkanethiolates. Theoretical calculations of transmission spectra of individual complexes 1 and 4 embedded between two metallic electrodes show that the molecular current-voltage (I-V) characteristics are strongly influenced by electron transport through the Cu centers and thus fully independent of the lanthanide ion, in excellent agreement with the experimental I-V data for 1-4. The beta-polarized transmission indicated by calculations of 1 and 4 points out their potential as spin filters. In addition, the reactivity of the title compound 1 with Cu-II in a square-pyramidal coordination environment toward methanolate and azide was examined, resulting in the formation of a linear trinuclear complex, [Cu2Na(L center dot SMe)(4)]NO3 center dot 3MeOH (5), characterized by antiferromagnetic exchange interactions between the two copper ions.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)9274-9285
Aantal pagina's12
TijdschriftInorganic Chemistry
Nummer van het tijdschrift15
StatusPublished - 6-aug-2018

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