Publication in Inorganic Chemistry

sc_007A multidentate hydrazone-type ligand (Z,Z)-bis(1-(pyridin-2-yl)-1-amino-methylidene)oxalohydrazide (H2L) was utilized in the synthesis of three tetranuclear complexes of the general formula [Ln4(HL)4(H2L)2(NO3)4](NO3)44CH3OH (Ln = GdIII, 1, TbIII, 2, DyIII, 3). The analysis of the static magnetic data revealed weak antiferromagnetic interaction among lanthanide(III) atoms, whereas dynamic magnetic data led to the observation of the single-molecule magnet behavior in zero static magnetic field for the Dy4 compound 3 with Ueff = 42.6 K. The theoretical CASSCF calculations supported also the presence of the net toroidal magnetic moment, which classifies compound 3 also as a single-molecule toroic.