The cyano nitronyl nitroxide radical: Experimental and theoretical evidence for the fourth case of the McConnell-I mechanism
Journal article, 2002

The nitronyl nitroxide 2-cyano-4,4,5,5-tetramethylimidazoline-1-oxyl-3-oxide (1) crystallises in the tetragonal P (4) over bar2(1)m space group with a = 7.4050(7), c = 8.649(1) Angstrom. In the crystal the molecules form layers parallel to the ab plane in which they are orthogonal to each other. In the layers there are close contacts, 2.953(2) Angstrom, between the NO groups and the bridging carbon atoms of the O-N-C-N-O fragment of neighbouring radicals. The calculated spin density shows a positive population mainly and equally localised on the NO groups and small but significant negative spin densities on the bridging carbon atom and the cyano nitrogen. Absorption spectra show temperature-dependent transitions related to the magnetic behaviour. The temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility in the range 2-300 K reveals that couplings between the radicals are antiferromagnetic, and is interpreted by considering a two-dimensional square array of spin S = 1/2 antiferromagnetically coupled (J = -10 cm(-1) and g = 2.01). This is interpreted as an exchange coupling through close contact between positive and negative spin densities in orthogonal orbitals on oxygen and carbon atoms, respectively.

supramolecular chemistry




stable free radicals

magnetic properties

crystal engineering





exchange coupling



C. Hirel

D. Luneau

J. Pecaut

Lars Öhrström

Chalmers, Department of Materials and Surface Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry

G. Bussiere

C. Reber

Chemistry-a European Journal

Vol. 8 14 3157-3161

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