Synthesis and magnetic studies of a new class of organic spin clusters, possessing alternating connectivity of unequal spins, are described. Polyarylmethyl polyether precursors to the spin clusters, with linear and branched connectivity between calixarene-based macrocycles, are prepared via modular, multistep syntheses. Their molecular connectivity and stereoisomerism are analyzed using NMR spectroscopy. The absolute masses (4-10 kDa) are determined by FABMS and GPC/MALS. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) provides the radii of gyration of 1.2-1.8 nm. The corresponding polyradicals with 15, 22, and 36 triarylmethyls, which are prepared and studied as solutions in tetrahydrofuran-d8, may be described as S′ = 7/2, 1/2, 7/2 spin trimer (average S = 5-6), S′ = 7/2, 1/2, 6/2, 1/2, 7/2 spin pentamer (average S = 7-9), and spin nonamer (average S = 11-13), respectively, as determined by SQUID magnetometry and numerical fits to linear combinations of the Brillouin functions. For spin trimer and pentamer, the quantitative magnetization data are fit to new percolation models, based upon random distributions of chemical defects and ferromagnetic vs antiferromagnetic couplings. The value of S = 13 is the highest for an organic molecule.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry