Mononuclear Dysprosium Alkoxide and Aryloxide Single‐Molecule Magnets

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Recent studies have shown that mononuclear lanthanide (Ln) complexes can be high‐performing single‐molecule magnets (SMMs). Recently, there has been an influx of mononuclear Ln alkoxide and aryloxide SMMs, which have provided the necessary geometrical control to improve SMM properties and to allow the intricate relaxation dynamics of Ln SMMs to be studied in detail. Here we review non‐aqueous Ln alkoxide and aryloxide chemistry applied to the synthesis of low‐coordinate mononuclear Ln SMMs. We focus on mononuclear Dy(III) alkoxide and aryloxide SMMs with coordination numbers up to eight, covering synthesis, solid state structures and magnetic attributes. Brief overviews are also provided of mononuclear Dy(III) siloxide SMMs as heavier analogues, and complementary Tb(III), Ho(III), Er(III) and Yb(III) alkoxide and aryloxide SMMs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7625-7645
Number of pages21
JournalChemistry – A European Journal
Issue number28
Early online date24 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2021


  • alkoxides
  • aryloxides
  • lanthanides
  • magnetic properties
  • single-molecule magnets


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