Faculté des sciences

A magnetic iron(III) switch with controlled and adjustable thermal response for solution processing

Gandolfi, Claudio ; Morgan, Grace G. ; Albrecht, Martin

In: Dalton Transactions, 2012, vol. 41, no. 13, p. 3726-3730

Spin crossover requires cooperative behavior of the metal centers in order to become useful for devices. While cooperativity is barely predictable in solids, we show here that solution processing and the covalent introduction of molecular recognition sites allows the spin crossover of iron(III) sal₂trien complexes to be rationally tuned. A simple correlation between the number of molecular... Plus

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    Summary
    Spin crossover requires cooperative behavior of the metal centers in order to become useful for devices. While cooperativity is barely predictable in solids, we show here that solution processing and the covalent introduction of molecular recognition sites allows the spin crossover of iron(III) sal₂trien complexes to be rationally tuned. A simple correlation between the number of molecular recognition sites and the spin crossover temperature enabled the fabrication of materials that are magnetically bistable at room temperature. The predictable behavior relies on combining function (spin switching) and structure (supramolecular assembly) through covalent interactions in a single molecular building block.