Chemical Design and Magnetic Ordering in Thin Layers of 2D Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)

Javier López-Cabrelles, Samuel Mañas-Valero, Iñigo J. Vitórica-Yrezábal, Makars Šiškins, Martin Lee, Peter G. Steeneken, Herre S.J. Van Der Zant, Guillermo Mínguez Espallargas*, Eugenio Coronado

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Through rational chemical design, and thanks to the hybrid nature of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), it is possible to prepare molecule-based 2D magnetic materials stable at ambient conditions. Here, we illustrate the versatility of this approach by changing both the metallic nodes and the ligands in a family of layered MOFs that allows the tuning of their magnetic properties. Specifically, the reaction of benzimidazole-type ligands with different metal centers (MII = Fe, Co, Mn, Zn) in a solvent-free synthesis produces a family of crystalline materials, denoted as MUV-1(M), which order antiferromagnetically with critical temperatures that depend on M. Furthermore, the incorporation of additional substituents in the ligand results in a novel system, denoted as MUV-8, formed by covalently bound magnetic double layers interconnected by van der Waals interactions, a topology that is very rare in the field of 2D materials and unprecedented for 2D magnets. These layered materials are robust enough to be mechanically exfoliated down to a few layers with large lateral dimensions. Finally, the robustness and crystallinity of these layered MOFs allow the fabrication of nanomechanical resonators that can be used to detect-through laser interferometry-the magnetic order in thin layers of these 2D molecule-based antiferromagnets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18502-18510
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number44
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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