Emergent Magnetic Order and Correlated Disorder in Formate Metal-organic Frameworks

Dixey, R.J.C, Orlandi, Fabio, Manuel, P, Mukherjee, P, Dutton, S.E, Saines, Paul J. (2019) Emergent Magnetic Order and Correlated Disorder in Formate Metal-organic Frameworks. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 337 (2149). ISSN 0264-3820. (doi:10.1098/rsta.2019.0007)

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Abstract

Magnetic materials with strong local interactions but lacking long-range order have long been a curiosity of physicists. Probing their magnetic interactions is crucial for understanding the unique properties they can exhibit. Metal-organic frameworks have recently gathered more attention as they can produce more exotic structures, allowing for controlled design of magnetic properties not found in conventional metal-oxide materials. Historically, magnetic diffuse scattering in such materials have been overlooked but has attracted greater attention recently, with advances in techniques. In this study we investigate the magnetic structure of metal-organic formate frameworks, using heat capacity, magnetic susceptibility and neutron diffraction. In Tb(DCO2)3 we observe emergent magnetic order at temperatures below 1.2 K, consisting of two k-vectors. Ho(DCO2)3 shows diffuse scattering above 1.6 K, consistent with ferromagnetic chains packed in a frustrated antiferromagnetic triangular lattice, also observed in Tb(DCO2)3 above 1.2 K. The other lanthanides show no short or long-range order down to 1.6 K. The results suggest an Ising-like 1D magnetic order associated with frustration is responsible for the magnetocaloric properties, of some members in this family, improving at higher temperatures.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1098/rsta.2019.0007
Uncontrolled keywords: magnetocaloric, correlated disorder, metal-organic framework, emergent order
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Saines
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2019 08:17 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2019 08:34 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/73382 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Saines, Paul J.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4207-2112
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