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J Am Chem Soc. 2008 Mar 5;130(9):2869-76. doi: 10.1021/ja077958f. Epub 2008 Feb 7.

Single-crystal to single-crystal structural transformation and photomagnetic properties of a porous iron(II) spin-crossover framework.

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School of Chemistry, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.


The porous coordination framework material, Fe(NCS)2(bped)2 x 3EtOH, SCOF-3(Et) (where bped is dl-1,2-bis(4'-pyridyl)-1,2-ethanediol), displays a spin-crossover (SCO) transition that has been stimulated both thermally and by light irradiation. The one-step thermal SCO (70-180 K) is sensitive to the presence of molecular guests, with a more gradual transition (70-225 K) apparent following the desorption of ethanol molecules that hydrogen bond to the spin centers. Additional intraframework hydrogen-bonding interactions stabilize the vacant one-dimensional pore structure of the apohost, SCOF-3, despite a dramatic single-crystal to single-crystal (SC-SC) structural change upon removal of the guests. Comprehensive structural analyses throughout this transformation, from primitive orthorhombic (Pccn) to body-centered tetragonal (I4/mcm), reveal a flexing of the framework and a dilation of the channels, with an accompanying subtle distortion of the iron(II) coordination geometry. Photomagnetic measurements of the light-induced excited spin state trapping (LIESST) effect have been used to assess the degree of cooperativity in this system.

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