Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 5-31-2012

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering - (Ph.D.)


Committee for the Interdisciplinary Program in Materials Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Joseph W. Bozzelli

Second Advisor

Trevor Tyson

Third Advisor

N. M. Ravindra

Fourth Advisor

S. G. Greenbaum

Fifth Advisor

Ken Keunhyuk Ahn

Sixth Advisor

Haidong Huang


A new class of sandwich phthalocyanine (Pc) compounds without C-H bonds was synthesized and characterized. They are the bis[octakis(perfluoro i-C3F7) octakis(perfluoro)phthalocyaninato(2−)]M(III) complexes, formulated as (F64Pc)2MH, M = Tb, Dy, Lu, Y. Single molecular magnetic (SMM) behavior in the (F64Pc)2TbH and (F64Pc)2DyH complexes was confirmed through slowed relaxation response of their magnetization in an applied time varying magnetic field during alternating current (AC) magnetic testing in the range 2 - 50 K. The energy barrier to magnetic reversal, Δ = 215 cm-1 and the pre-exponential factor, τ0-1 = 2.7 x 107-1 were estimated for the undiluted (F64Pc)2TbH with direct current bias magnetic field (Hdc) of 1000 Oe applied. Undiluted (F64Pc)2DyH gave estimated values of Δ = 31 cm-1 and τ0-1 = 1.6 x 105 s-1 at Hdc = 500 Oe. These respective values are within the range observed for the unsubstituted Tb and Dy analogues. Magnetic hysteresis testing at 0.04 K exhibited hysteresis in both of these complexes. Magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) tests on (F64Pc)2Tb frozen in acetone at 1.8-1.9 K exhibited a “butterfly shaped” hysteresis which appeared to depend on the oxidation state of the complex and which also provided evidence of quantum tunneling of magnetization. The chemical tuning of the Pc macrocycle of these complexes through the replacement of the H atoms with the electron withdrawing fluorine atom and i-C3F7 group has created additional functionalities. Thermal analysis in the forms of thermogravi metric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry showed the complexes to be stable up to 450°C in air and N2. Cyclic voltammetry revealed four reduced and one oxidized states, the oxidized state occurring at > 1.2 V, showing the complexes’ resistance to oxidation. The (F64Pc)2MH compounds derive their uniqueness as [(F64Pc)2M]− sandwich phthalocyanine complexes with exceptional thermal and oxidative stability.



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