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Spin crossover and polymorphism in a family of 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethene-bridged binuclear iron(II) complexes. A key role of structural distortions

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Two polymorphic modifications 1 and 3 of binuclear compound [{Fe(dpia)(NCS)2}2(bpe)] and pseudo-polymorphic modification [{Fe(dpia)(NCS)2}2(bpe)]·2CH3OH (2), where dpia = di-(2-picolyl)amine, bpe = 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethene, were synthesized, and their structures, magnetic properties, and Mössbauer spectra were studied. Variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility measurements of three binuclear compounds show different types of magnetic behaviour. The complex 1 exhibits a gradual two-step spin crossover (SCO) suggesting the occurrence of the mixed [HS–LS] (HS: high spin, LS: low spin) pair at the plateau temperature (182 K), at which about 50% of the complexes undergoes a thermal spin conversion. The complex 2 displays an abrupt full one-step spin transition without hysteresis, centred at about 159 K. The complex 3 is paramagnetic over the temperature range 20–290 K. The single-crystal X-ray studies show that all three compounds are built up from the bpe-bridged binuclear molecules. The structure of 1 was solved for three spin isomers [HS–HS], [HS–LS], and [LSLS] at three temperatures 300 K, 183 K, and 90 K. The crystal structures for 2 and 3 were determined for the [HS–HS] complexes at room temperature. The analysis of correlations between the structural characteristics and different types of magnetic behaviour for new 1–3 binuclear complexes, as well as for previously reported binuclear compounds, revealed that the SCO process (occurrence of full one-step, two-step, or partial (50%) SCO) is specified by the degree of distortion of the octahedral geometry of the [FeN6] core, caused by both packing and strain effects arising from terminal and/or bridging ligands. The comparison of the magnetic properties and the networks of intra- and inter-molecular interactions in the crystal lattice for the family of related SCO binuclear compounds suggests that the intermolecular interactions play a predominant role in the cooperativeness of the spin transition relative to the intramolecular interactions through the bridging ligand.

Graphical abstract: Spin crossover and polymorphism in a family of 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethene-bridged binuclear iron(ii) complexes. A key role of structural distortions

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The article was received on 23 Feb 2011, accepted on 13 Jul 2011 and first published on 22 Aug 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1DT10312A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2011,40, 9608-9618
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    Spin crossover and polymorphism in a family of 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethene-bridged binuclear iron(II) complexes. A key role of structural distortions

    G. S. Matouzenko, E. Jeanneau, A. Yu. Verat and A. Bousseksou, Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 9608
    DOI: 10.1039/C1DT10312A

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