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A Co36 Cluster Assembled from the Reaction of Cobalt Pivalate with 2,3-Dicarboxypyrazine


  • We gratefully acknowledge the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for granting a Post-Doctoral fellowship for P.A. P.A. is a member of the research staff of CONICET.


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A record Co36 cluster is prepared. This mixed-valent compound containing CoII and CoIII centers is formed in the reaction of a dinuclear cobalt pivalate species with the polydentate 2,3-dicarboxypyrazine ligand. In terms of magnetic properties it behaves as a {Co16–Co16} supramolecular dimer in which the S=4 spin ground states of each monomer do not interact.

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