Large Easy-Plane Magnetic Anisotropy in a Three-Coordinate Cobalt(II) Complex [Li(THF)4][Co(NPh2)3]

Yi Fei Deng, Zhenxing Wang, Zhong Wen Ouyang, Bing Yin, Zhiping Zheng, Yan Zhen Zheng

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Magnetic anisotropy is the key element in the construction of single-ion magnets, a kind of nanomagnets for high-density information storage. This works describes an unusual large easy-plane magnetic anisotropy (with a zero-field splitting parameter D of +40.2 cm−1), mainly arising from the second-order spin-orbit coupling effect in a trigonal-planar CoIIcomplex [Li(THF)4][Co(NPh2)3], revealed by combined studies of magnetism, high frequency/field electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, and ab initio calculations. Meanwhile, the field-induced slow magnetic relaxation in this complex was mainly attributed to the Raman process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14821-14825
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number42
StatePublished - Oct 10 2016


  • ab initio calculations
  • cobalt(II)
  • easy-plane magnetic anisotropy
  • high frequency electron paramagnetic resonance
  • slow magnetic relaxation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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