Inorganic Chemistry

Exchange Bias in a Layered Metal–Organic Topological Spin Glass


The discovery of conductive and magnetic two-dimensional (2D) materials is critical for the development of next generation spintronics devices. Coordination chemistry in particular represents a highly versatile, though underutilized, route toward the synthesis of such materials with designer lattices. Here, we report the synthesis of a conductive, layered 2D metal–organic kagome lattice, Mn3(C6S6), using mild solution-phase chemistry. Strong geometric spin frustration in this system mediates spin freezing at low temperatures, which results in glassy magnetic behavior consistent with a geometrically frustrated (topological) spin glass. Notably, the material exhibits a large exchange bias of 1625 Oe, providing the first example of exchange bias in a coordination solid or a topological spin glass. More generally, these results demonstrate the potential utility of geometrically frustrated lattices in the design of new nanoscale spintronic materials.

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