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A cobalt(II) spin-crossover compound with partially charged TCNQ radicals and an anomalous conducting behavior

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Abstract

The bifunctional salt [Co(terpy)2](TCNQ)3·CH3CN (terpy = 2,2′;6′,2′′-terpyridine, TCNQ = 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquino-dimethane) exhibits a high room temperature conductivity of 0.13 S cm−1 and an anomaly in conductivity at ∼190 K as evidenced by variable temperature structural, magnetic and conductivity studies. The anomaly in the conductivity at 190 K has been correlated with the temperature dependent structural breathing and Jahn–Teller distortion of the low spin state of the SCO units, as well as the charge fluctuations and supramolecular π-stacking interactions of partially charged TCNQ radicals. The modular synthetic approach leads to an accessible source of partially charged TCNQ radicals for the facile preparation of bifunctional molecular materials with high electrical conductivity.

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The article was received on 19 Sep 2015, accepted on 10 Nov 2015 and first published on 08 Dec 2015


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5SC03547C
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Citation: Chem. Sci., 2016,7, 1569-1574
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    A cobalt(II) spin-crossover compound with partially charged TCNQ radicals and an anomalous conducting behavior

    X. Zhang, Z. Wang, H. Xie, M. Li, T. J. Woods and K. R. Dunbar, Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 1569
    DOI: 10.1039/C5SC03547C

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