Spin state switching of metal complexes by visible light or hard X-rays
Electromagnetic stimuli of spin crossover compounds restricted to UV-vis light irradiation for many years could be recently extended to X-ray excitation. This review covers a large variety of light-induced effects, as well as recent analogues stimulated by X-ray irradiation which have not yet been reviewed. The focus is also on multistable multinuclear spin crossover compounds which are the subject of lively discussions within the spin crossover community. Their spin transition often occurs incompletely and with different switching mechanisms. In this review, we recall a predicted sequential switching induced thermally as well as a concerted stimulation mechanism by light irradiation for these interesting multifunctional materials.