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Questions tagged [magnetism]

For questions about determining the paramagnetism, diamagnetism, etc. of chemical species and other chemical applications of magnetism. Note that questions oriented towards physical aspects of electromagnetism are off-topic on this site.

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Could a magnet pull oxygen out of the air?

I read that the $\ce{O2}$ molecule is paramagnetic, so I'm wondering: could a strong magnet pull the $\ce{O2}$ to one part of a room – enough to cause breathing problems for the organisms in the room? ...
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What is antisymmetric exchange? What is J-strain? Where does it come from?

I'm reading a paper1 by Sanakis, et al. that characterises the magnetic coupling in the $\ce{Fe3S4}$ clusters present in bacterial ferredoxin II and beef heart aconitase as arising through something ...
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What is behind of the attraction between a burned matchstick with a magnet?

I do not know how to understand the reasons of why a burned matchstick is attracted by a magnet (most probably) of Neodymium. Here are some screenshots of a video in which this natural phenomenon is ...
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Single-molecule magnet with electrically-controlled permeability: How does the Titan Shield from Deus Ex work?

In a recent installment of Deus Ex game series there is an augmentation called "Titan Shield" (it has nothing to do with $\ce{Ti}$ element): A neodymium skin underlay matrix built of nano-meshed ...
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Is azide paramagnetic?

Is the azide ion ($\ce{N3-}$) paramagnetic? How do I use molecular orbital theory to show that it is or isn't? I drew a sine wave diagram and filled up the $1\pi$ and $2\pi$ MOs, and since there ...
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Why doesn't curie temperature follow a periodic trend in ferromagnetic materials

I was writing up an answer to a question which was asking why the Curie Temperature's of $\ce{Fe, Co, Ni}$ don't follow a periodic trend. The OP voluntarily deleted his question before I could finish ...
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Can PBE (and LDA) actually be a better choice sometimes?

Part of my work as an inorganic chemist is to investigate the magnetic coupling between metallic centers in coordination compounds. After some time, I've noticed that the classic PBE functional is the ...
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Why is gadolinium specifically used in MRI contrast agents?

Gadolinium(III) chelate complexes are routinely used as contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI);1 the usual explanation is that paramagnetic species contain unpaired electrons, which cause ...
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Predicting orbital angular momentum effects on magnetic moments

For metal complexes with $A_{2}$ or $E$ ground state terms there is angular momentum contribution to the magnetic moment which is generally positive for more than half-filled subshells and negative ...
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How do I solve such questions on paramagnetism and ferromagnetism?

Match the type of magnetism given in Group I with the material given in Group II: $$ \begin{array}{ll|ll} \hline & \textbf{Group I} & & \textbf{Group II} \\ \hline \text{P} & \...
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Why isn't the orbital angular momentum also considered while calculating the magnetic moments 3d transition elements?

My textbook (Chapter: The d- and f- Block Elements) makes an interesting assertion, however, without any reason to back it up. Paramagnetism arises from the presence of unpaired electons, each such ...
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How to determine whether a organic compound is diamagnetic or not?

I have faced several questions regarding the diamagnetic behaviour of certain organic compounds. I know that one has to check the electronic configuration of the atoms in the compound and see if there ...
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Total magnetic moment of atom

Whenever I read about coordination compounds in my textbooks, I always find a discussion about spin-only magnetic moment which is given by $\sqrt{n(n+2)}\cdot\mu_\mathrm{B}$, where $n$ is the number ...
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How to visualize or think about spin waves (magnons)?

According to Wikipedia: "A magnon is a quasiparticle, a collective excitation of the electrons' spin structure in a crystal lattice." I have little pictures in my mind for other quasiparticles. For ...
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NMR Splitting for Adjacent, Equivalent Hydrogens?

Why don't chemically equivalent hydrogens on adjacent carbons split the 1H NMR signal? There appears to be an answer here, but I'm having trouble understanding it because I cannot rationalize what ...
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Only d orbital electrons for spin only magnetic moment

During my chemistry lessons and self studies, I have come upon many instances where I observed that during calculations of spin only magnetic moment of transition elements only the d orbital electrons ...
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What is it about the relationship between the Fe²⁺ and Fe³⁺ in magnetite that makes it diamagnetic?

Hematite is composed of $\ce{Fe2O3}$, and is paramagnetic, whereas magnetite is $\ce{Fe3O4}$ and is diamagnetic. Magnetite's nature is due to the presence of both $\ce{Fe^{2+}}$ and $\ce{Fe^{3+}}$ (...
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Why is neodymium the most paramagnetic lanthanide?

My textbook says that paramagnetism rises to a maximum in neodymium. I don't understand how gadolinium has 8 unpaired electrons, whereas neodymium has only 4. Shouldn't paramagnetism be higher in ...
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Are there any magnetic particles that are safe to inhale?

In medicine, there is an (old?) experiment where a subject is asked to inhale radioactive Xenon gas, and radiation counters are placed at different positions near the lungs. Using this experiment, it ...
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Hybridization, MOT and Paramagnetism

In what way can hybridization or molecular orbital theory be used to explain paramagnetism? For instance, when something is hybridized to make enough bonding electrons, do all the electrons end up ...
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What are contrast agents in MRI and how do they work?

By reading some Wikipedia pages about MRI and MRI Contrast agent, I understand that contrast agents are mediums that reduce the relaxation times of the body tissues thereby increasing the contrast of ...
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“Alternative” derivation of the spin-only formula

The spin-only formula $$\mu_\mathrm{so} = \mu_\mathrm{B} \sqrt{n(n+2)} = \mu_\mathrm{B}\cdot 2\sqrt{S(S+1)}$$ is usually a good first approximation to calculate the magnetic moment of transition ...
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Why is diboron (B2) paramagnetic?

Why is $\ce{B2}$ paramagnetic? It's just 2 borons with a triple bond between them. Aren't all the electrons paired?
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Amine Inversion and Paramagnetism

In amine inversion, there is a planar $sp^2$ intermediate. The electron pair transferred from the blue lobe to the red one during the inversion. It is natural to assume, for a layman like me, that ...
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How is the magnetic property of an element affected when the element is part of a compound?

Data on this site conveys that Neodymium is paramagnetic. Yet the Neodymium magnets out there make extremely strong magnets. I'm guessing these are not pure neodymium magnets but some kind of compound....
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Are there magnetic rocks, and not hematite?

I dug up some sand and small rocks in a stream bed near me and moved a powerful magnet through the wash picking up numerous small rocks and black sand. Now, the black sand is definitely small ...
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By using the magnetic susceptibility, calculate the number of unpaired elections in the complex

I'm having trouble making sense of this answer. I believe I am doing all the steps right, but my main concern is that I am not arriving at a whole number. If my answer is correct, should I just round ...
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Is a transition metal with 7 d electons ever diamagnetic?

A transition metal with 7 d electrons forms a complex ion with cyanide. I know that cyanide is a high field ligand, which means the electrons will pair before moving to the next energy level, but ...
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Coupling constant (Jab) - Why more unpaired electrons means a smaller coupling?

I hope this is not a "homework" question, but I'm having a bad time trying to figure this out. Available literature proposes 3 equations to calculate the coupling constant during a Broken-Symmetry ...
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Paramagnetism of group 2 elements

As far as I know, paramagnetism in normal substance arises due to unpaired electrons. I believe that the valence electrons of group 2 elements (Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba) are paired. But, here in the list ...
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What is the magnetic moment of potassium hexacyanochromate(II)?

I calculated the magnetic moment of $\ce{K4[Cr(CN)6]}$? in the following way: $\ce{Cr^{+2}}$ has $4$ d electrons. And since $\ce{CN-}$ is a strong field ligand, the electrons will pair up in the $\...
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Why does concentration of solutions of alkali metals in liquid ammonia change the magnetic properties?

In "NCERT Chemistry for Class XI - Volume II", in chapter "s-block elements", under the topic "Chemical Properties of alkali metals", it is given: (vi) Solutions in liquid ammonia: The alkali ...
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Transition Metal Compounds

So I have a few dumb questions. I'm still in high school and am doing something on magnetic properties of transition metals. I'm facing a few roadblocks. 1) What're compounds like $\ce{CoBr2, CoCl2, ...
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Is Co[Hg(SCN)4] diamagnetic?

I was reading a book and it was mentioned that $\ce{Co[Hg(SCN)4]}$ is diamagnetic. I know that it is made up of $\ce{Hg^2+}$ and $\ce{Co^2+}$. $\ce{Co^2+}$ has 7 electrons which means that it should ...
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Reactivity of magnetized materials

Does the magnetisation process affects the reactivity of a magnetic material? Does the electronegativity change if a metal is magnetised?
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Is there an example of a closed shell molecule with a permanent ground state magnetic dipole?

It seems that molecules of point group C$_{n}$ and C$_{nh}$ can in principle support a permanent magnetic dipole moment (Barron, 2004). However, I cannot think of any closed shell molecules that ...
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Magnetic stirrer with hot plate

I did not know there are products such as a magnetic stirrer with a hot plate, enabling one to apply heat and stirring to a solution with relative ease. Did I understand correctly, that device needs a ...
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Growing crystals that are in a magnetic field or subjected to an electric field

I know different crystals resonant at different frequencies but is it possible to grow crystal at a certain frequency. An example would be growing crystals using Epsom salt or Alum in a magnetic ...
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Approximate magnetic susceptibility of these liquid propellants?

This question asks if the comparatively large paramagnetic susceptibility of liquid oxygen (LOX) is considered when designing rocket tank and engine systems. This comment suggests fuels such as RP-1 (...
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What happens if you make a gas of magnetic particles [closed]

I was reading todays SMBC which asked what happens if you make a gas of magnetic particles So what does happen if you make a gas of magnetic particles?
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chemically inert molecule with piezoelectric properties

For a research project, I'm looking into existing chemical molecules that have the following properties: It is mostly chemically inert, safe for animals and children It exhibits piezoelectricity - ...
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What atom is always paramagnetic and why?

Regardless of its electron configuration, it must always be paramagnetic when it's a single, neutrally charged atom: (A) Carbon (B) Nitrogen (C) Oxygen (D) Neon (E) Argon At first, I eliminated D ...
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Diamagnetism in sulfur

Sulfur is a diamagnetic element, meaning that it has no unpaired electrons. But its electronic configuration for valence shell is just like oxygen because they are in the same group i.e ns2, np4. My ...
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Does pyrite retain the magnetic properties of its element iron?

You are walking in the mountains and pick up what looks like a nugget of gold. You're aware that fools gold (iron pyrite, $\ce{FeS2}$) exists. Create an experiment to test if this is pure gold or iron ...
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Fundamental equation of thermodynamics for magnetocaloric materials

The fundamental equation of thermodynamics, as us chemists (and chemical engineers!) are used to seeing it, is $$ dG = - S~dT + V~dP + \sum_{i}\mu_i~dN_i$$ This gives the Gibbs free energy as a ...
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Is [Co(NH₃)₄Cl₂]Cl paramagnetic or diamagnetic?

$\ce{NH3}$ is known to be a strong field ligand, while $\ce{Cl}$ is known to be a weak field ligand. Is $\ce{[Co(NH3)4Cl2]Cl}$ a high spin complex or a low spin complex? I assumed this to be a high ...
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Chemical reaction and shift in magnetic susceptibility sign

I'm trying to find an easy experiment involving a chemical reaction in which two paramagnetic reactants A and B react to give a product which is diamagnetic (or the reverse). The idea is to show that ...
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Is there any reasonably inert magnetic oxide?

I spent yesterday evening looking for data on magnetic oxides. What is easily available isn't well organized, so I ask here in hope someone can remember. I'm looking for a magnetic oxide (that is, an ...
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Why does some compound as given in the image below change from low spin to high spin above a particular transition temperature?

Magnetic moment sudden increase at a particular temperature is explained by CFT. But why does it happen at all?
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Magnetic anisotropy of triple bonds

Is the rule for shielding/deshielding areas in NMR bond dependent? The acetylene C triple bond C has deshielding zone perpendicular to the triple bond. Will the same deshielding zone hold true for C ...