The creation of ordered arrays of qubits that can be interfaced from the macroscopic world is an essential challenge for the development of quantum information science (QIS) currently being explored by chemists and physicists. Recently, porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have arisen as a promising solution to this challenge as they allow for atomic-level spatial control of the molecular subunits that comprise their structures. To date, no organic qubit candidates have been installed in MOFs despite their structural variability and promise for creating systems with adjustable properties. With this in mind, we report the development of a pillared-paddlewheel-type MOF structure that contains 4,7-bis(2-(4-pyridyl)-ethynyl) isoindoline N-oxide and 1,4-bis(2-(4-pyridyl)-ethynyl)-benzene pillars that connect 2D sheets of 9,10-dicarboxytriptycene struts and Zn2(CO2)4 secondary binding units. The design allows for the formation of ordered arrays of reorienting isoindoline nitroxide spin centers with variable concentrations through the use of mixed crystals containing the secondary 1,4-phenylene pillar. While solvent removal causes decomposition of the MOF, magnetometry measurements of the MOF containing only N-oxide pillars demonstrated magnetic interactions with changes in magnetic moment as a function of temperature between 150 and 5 K. Variable-temperature electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) experiments show that the nitroxides couple to one another at distances as long as 2 nm, but act independently at distances of 10 nm or more. We also use a specially designed resonance microwave cavity to measure the face-dependent EPR spectra of the crystal, demonstrating that it has anisotropic interactions with impingent electromagnetic radiation.
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