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Varied spin crossover behaviour in a family of dinuclear Fe(II) triple helicate complexes

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Abstract

Dinuclear triple-helicate complexes of the formula [Fe2L3](BF4)4·solv (solv = CH3CN, CHCl3, H2O) have been synthesised and structurally characterised. The bis-bidentate ligands, L, present either strong-field 2-pyridylimine (1) or weaker-field 2-imidazolylimine (2) and 4-imidazolylimine (3) coordination spheres about Fe(II) centres in an octahedral geometry. Whereas 1 is pervasively diamagnetic, spin crossover (SCO) behaviour is observed in 2 and 3 and has been studied using variable-temperature structural, UV-visible spectroscopic, magnetic and photo-magnetic techniques. Variable-temperature (1.8–400 K) magnetic-susceptibility measurements reveal the T1/2 values of 2 and 3 to be strongly dependent upon the solvent and degree of solvation. Photomagnetic studies at 10 K under white-light irradiation revealed an inefficient photo-induced SCO in 2, but full switching in 3.

Graphical abstract: Varied spin crossover behaviour in a family of dinuclear Fe(ii) triple helicate complexes

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The article was received on 20 Apr 2018, accepted on 25 May 2018 and first published on 25 May 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8DT01567H
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2018,47, 7965-7974
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    Varied spin crossover behaviour in a family of dinuclear Fe(II) triple helicate complexes

    R. J. Archer, H. S. Scott, M. I. J. Polson, B. E. Williamson, C. Mathonière, M. Rouzières, R. Clérac and P. E. Kruger, Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 7965
    DOI: 10.1039/C8DT01567H

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