EPR study of NO radicals encased in modified open C 60 fullerenes

Dinse, Klaus-Peter; Kato, Tatsuhisa; Hasegawa, Shota; Hashikawa, Yoshifumi; Murata, Yasujiro; Bittl, Robert

Using pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) techniques, the low-temperature magnetic properties of the NO radical being confined in two different modified open inline-formulaC60-derived cages are determined. It is found that the smallest principal inline-formulag value inline-formulag3, being assigned to the axis of the radical, deviates strongly from the free electron value. This behaviour results from partial compensation of the spin and orbital contributions to the inline-formulag3 value. The measured inline-formulag3 values in the range of 0.7 yield information about the deviation of the locking potential for the encaged NO from axial symmetry. The estimated 17 meV asymmetry is quite small compared to the situation found for the same radical in polycrystalline or amorphous matrices ranging from 300 to 500 meV. The analysis of the temperature dependence of spin relaxation times resulted in an activation temperature of about 3 K, assigned to temperature-activated motion of the NO within the modified open inline-formulaC60-derived cages with coupled rotational and translational degrees of freedom in a complicated three-dimensional locking potential.

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Dinse, Klaus-Peter / Kato, Tatsuhisa / Hasegawa, Shota / et al: EPR study of NO radicals encased in modified open C60 fullerenes. 2020. Copernicus Publications.

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