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Iron(II) spin crossover films on Au(111): scanning probe microscopy and photoelectron spectroscopy

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The growth of films of [H2B(pz)2]Fe(II)(bpy) on Au(111) is characterized from the bilayer film to multilayer film regime. Scanning tunneling microscopy shows a transition from a well-ordered, uniform bilayer film to a poorly-ordered film at larger thicknesses. Previous local tunneling spectroscopy and conductance mapping in bilayer films permit the identification of coexisting molecular spin-states at all temperatures. New ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy is consistent with this picture and in agreement with the density of states calculated by density functional theory. In thicker films with a polycrystalline morphology, evidence for a more bulk-like change in spin composition as a function of temperature is obtained by observing the reduction in intensity of Fe 2p core level satellites in X-ray photoelectron spectra.

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The article was received on 01 Jul 2013, accepted on 12 Sep 2013, published on 12 Sep 2013 and first published online on 12 Sep 2013


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC44904A
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2013,49, 10446-10452
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    Iron(II) spin crossover films on Au(111): scanning probe microscopy and photoelectron spectroscopy

    A. Pronschinske, R. C. Bruce, G. Lewis, Y. Chen, A. Calzolari, M. Buongiorno-Nardelli, D. A. Shultz, W. You and D. B. Dougherty, Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 10446
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CC44904A

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