Valence tautomerism in a [2 × 2] Co4 grid complex containing a ditopic arylazo ligand†
We describe the structural and magnetic properties of a tetranuclear [2 × 2] Co4 grid complex containing a ditopic arylazo ligand. At low temperatures and in solution the complex is comprised of Co3+ and singly reduced trianion-radical ligands. In the solid state we demonstrate the presence of valence tautomerization via variable temperature magnetic susceptibility experiments and powder-pattern EPR spectroscopy. Valence tautomerism in polynuclear complexes is very rare and to our knowledge is unprecedented in [2 × 2] grid complexes.