Bead-like structures and self-assembled monolayers from 2,6-dipyrazolylpyridines and their iron(ii) complexes†
Drop-casting acetone solutions of [Fe(bpp)2][BF4]2 (bpp = 2,6-di[pyrazol-1-yl]pyridine) onto a HOPG surface affords unusual chain-of-beads nanostructures. The beads in each chain are similar in size, with diameters in the range of 2–6 nm and heights of up to 10 Å, which is consistent with them containing between 10–50 molecules of the compound. The beads can be classified into two types, which exhibit different conduction regimes by current-imaging tunnelling spectroscopy (CITS) which appear to correlate with their positions in the chains, and may correspond to molecules containing high-spin and low-spin iron centres. Similarly drop-cast films of the complex on a gold surface contain the intact [Fe(bpp)2][BF4]2 compound by XPS. 4-Mercapto-2,6-di[pyrazol-1-yl]pyridine undergoes substantial decomposition when deposited on gold, forming elemental sulfur, but 4-(N-thiomorpholinyl)-2,6-di[pyrazol-1-yl]pyridine successfully forms SAMs on a gold surface by XPS and ellipsometry.
- This article is part of the themed collections: 2015 Journal of Materials Chemistry C Hot Papers, Spin State Switches in Molecular Materials Chemistry and Highlighting materials research in the UK for optical, magnetic and electronic devices