Applied Magnetic Resonance

, Volume 26, Issue 1–2, pp 171–182 | Cite as

Trovacenyl-based organometallic triradicals: Spin frustration, competing interactions and redox splitting

  • O. SchiemannEmail author
  • J. Plackmeyer
  • J. Fritscher
  • J. Pebler
  • C. Elschenbroich


Two new triradicals based on trovacene [η7-tropylium)vanadium(η5-cyclopentadienyl)], 1,3,5-tri([5]trovacenyl) benzene4 and 1,3,5-tri([5]trovacenyl)-6-methoxybenzene5 were prepared and their magnetic properties were studied by continuous-wave X-band electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy and by temperature-dependent magnetic susceptometry. The EPR spectra of4 and5 in liquid toluene solution demonstrate that the three unpaired electrons localized on the vanadium atoms interact with each other in both complexes. The data from magnetic susceptometry revealed that the electron spins in both triradicals are antiferromagnetically coupled despite themeta-phenylene bridge. The exchange coupling constants are equal in the C3-symmetrical triradical4 (J=J′=−0.68 cm−1), which leads to a twofold degenerate spin ground state (spin frustration). The symmetry lowering by methoxy substitution of the benzene spacer in5 results in the effect of c ompeting interactions (J=−1.83 cm−1 andJ′=−2.38 cm−1). In addition to magnetocommunication, the effect of ring substitution on electrocommunication is also discernable. It manifests itself indisparate redox splittings δE 1/2 (0/−, −/2−) and δE 1/2 (−/2−, 2−/3−) for5, while these parameters are equal for the C3-symmetrical trinuclear complex4.


Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectrum Unpaired Electron Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Vanadium Atom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. Schiemann
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. Plackmeyer
    • 1
  • J. Fritscher
    • 1
  • J. Pebler
    • 2
  • C. Elschenbroich
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute für Physikalische und Theoretische ChemieJ. W. Goethe-UniversitätFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.Fachbereich ChemiePhilipps-UniversitätMarburgGermany

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