Computational and Experimental Characterization of a Cagelike Fe15 Polycation

TitleComputational and Experimental Characterization of a Cagelike Fe15 Polycation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsHou Y, Fang XK, Kwon KD, Criscenti LJ, Davis D, Lambert T, Nyman M
Journal TitleEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Date Published04
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1434-1948
Accession NumberWOS:000316912500032
KeywordsCOORDINATION POLYMERS, Electrochemistry, ferric, ground-state, iii complexes, iron, iron(iii), magnetic properties, mixed-valent, oxo clusters, polyoxometalates, single-molecule magnet, Solvothermal, solvothermal synthesis, synthesis, wheels

Polynuclear open-shell transition-metal clusters are synthetically challenging, yet fascinating from the perspective of their diverse properties. Iron clusters in particular can exhibit interesting magnetic and electrochemical behaviour, and they can potentially be exploited as models for geochemical processes at iron oxide surfaces. From solvothermal synthesis, we have obtained a cagelike polycationic FeIII cluster, [Fe15Cl6O6(OH)2(C3H6O2)12]+, which features the common polyoxometalate (POM) Keggin ion trimer fragments oriented in an inverse fashion relative to the centre of the cluster. In addition to solid-state structural characterization, we have examined the magnetic properties, which revealed the presence of antiferromagnetic exchange within the polynuclear system. Electrospray-ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) revealed that the Fe9 core of the cluster remains intact upon dissolution, whereas the FeCl2+ caps are more labile. Computational studies agree well with the observed antiferromagnetic character, as well as the HOMOLUMO bandgap, and also describe these frontier orbitals.

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