DFT study of structure-properties correlations in [MnTPP][TCNE] quasi-one-dimensional molecular magnets
2011 (English)In: Theoretical Chemistry accounts, ISSN 1432-881X, E-ISSN 1432-2234, Vol. 129, no 6, 847-857 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We report the first band structure calculations of the quasi-one-dimensional [MnTPP][TCNE] compounds (TPP = meso-tetraphenylporphyrinato, TCNE = tetracyanoethylene), based on Density Functional Theory (DFT) methods, in order to interpret the magnetic ordering in these prototypic systems. We compare and contrast the results of broken-symmetry DFT calculations for extended systems, with periodic boundary conditions, and for finite systems, magnetic dimers modeling the actual molecular magnets. By varying systematically the main angles, we are able to determine the geometry dependence of the exchange interaction. Structure-properties correlations in these charge-transfer salts reveal the determinant role of the Mn-(N C) TCNE bond angle on the strength of the ferrimagnetic coupling between the S(1) = 2 spin located on the Mn(III)-porphyrin donor and the S(2) = 1/2 spin positioned on the cyanocarbon acceptor. When the Mn-(N C) TCNE angle is decreased, the intrachain magnetic coupling strengthens, correlated with the increase in the d(z)(2) - pi* orbital overlap. The exchange coupling constants resulting from DFT calculations of extended systems, with periodic boundary conditions, were found to be consistent with those obtained for the dimers, but systematically smaller. The exchange constants vary strongly with the functional used, hybrid functionals such as B3LYP leading to results that better correlate with the experimental mean-field critical temperatures. The coupling constant varies significantly with the type of broken-symmetry approach, depending on the overlap between magnetic orbitals, but weakly on the basis set once polarization effects are included. The electronic structure calculations for the extended systems provide a density of states consistent with the energy spectrum of the corresponding dimer, allowing for an intuitive explanation of the intrachain ferrimagnetic ordering.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 129, no 6, 847-857 p.
Molecular magnets, Single chain magnets, Manganese-porphyrin compounds, Exchange coupling, Density functional theory, Broken symmetry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-38958DOI: 10.1007/s00214-011-0943-7ISI: 000294054700010ScopusID: 2-s2.0-79960179378OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-38958DiVA: diva2:438910