DOI: 10.3390/ijms25010264 ISSN: 1422-0067

An Effectively Uncoupled Gd8 Cluster Formed through Fixation of Atmospheric CO2 Showing Excellent Magnetocaloric Properties

Jonas Braun, Daniel Seufert, Christopher E. Anson, Jinkui Tang, Annie K. Powell
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Spectroscopy
  • Molecular Biology
  • General Medicine
  • Catalysis

The [Gd8(opch)8(CO3)4(H2O)8]·4H2O·10MeCN coordination cluster (1) crystallises in P1¯. The Gd8 core is held together by four bridging carbonates derived from atmospheric CO2 as well as the carboxyhydrazonyl oxygens of the 2-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzylidenepyrazine-2-carbohydrazide (H2opch) Schiff base ligands. The magnetic measurements show that the GdIII ions are effectively uncoupled as seen from the low Weiss constant of 0.05 K needed to fit the inverse susceptibility to the Curie–Weiss law. Furthermore, the magnetisation data are consistent with the Brillouin function for eight independent GdIII ions. These features lead to a magnetocaloric effect with a high efficiency which is 89% of the theoretical maximum value.

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