Data mining, dashboard and statistical analysis: a powerful framework for the chemical design of molecular nanomagnets

4 Mar 2021  ·  Yan Duan, Lorena E. Rosaleny, Joana T. Coutinho, Silvia Giménez-Santamarina, Allen Scheie, José J. Baldoví, Salvador Cardona-Serra, Alejandro Gaita-Ariño ·

Three decades of research in molecular nanomagnets have raised their magnetic memories from liquid helium to liquid nitrogen temperature thanks to a wise choice of the magnetic ion and coordination environment. Still, serendipity and chemical intuition played a main role. In order to establish a powerful framework for statistically driven chemical design, we collected chemical and physical data for lanthanide-based nanomagnets, catalogued over 1400 published experiments, developed an interactive dashboard (SIMDAVIS) to visualise the dataset, and applied inferential statistical analysis. Our analysis showed that the Arrhenius energy barrier correlates unexpectedly well with the magnetic memory, as both Orbach and Raman processes can be controlled by vibronic coupling. Indeed, only bis-phthalocyaninato sandwiches and metallocenes, with rigid ligands, consistently present magnetic memory up to high temperature. Analysing magnetostructural correlations, we offer promising strategies for improvement, in particular for the preparation of pentagonal bipyramids, where even "softer" complexes are protected against molecular vibrations.

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Mesoscale and Nanoscale Physics