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Pfaffeneder, Toni M.; Thallmair, Sebastian; Bauer, Wolfgang and Weber, Birgit (2011): Complete and incomplete spin transitions in 1D chain iron(II) compounds. In: New Journal of Chemistry, Vol. 35, No. 3: pp. 691-700 [PDF, 1MB]

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The synthesis and characterisation of two new octahedral iron(II) SCO coordination polymers [FeL1(bimm)] (1) and [FeL2(bppa)](MeOH)0.5 (2) (L1 = [3,30]-[1,2- phenylenebis-(iminomethylidyne)bis(4-phenyl-,4-butanedionato)(2-)-N,N0,O2,O20], L2 = [E,E]-[{diethyl 2,20-1,2- phenylenebis(iminomethylidyne)bis(3-oxo-3-phenylpropanato)}(2-)-N,N0,O3,O30], bimm = bis(1H-imidazol-1-yl)methane and bppa = 1,3-bis(pyridine-4-yl)propane) is presented. Results from X-ray structure analysis at different temperatures revealed in the case of 1 that the transition from a gradual to a cooperative SCO with a 5 K wide hysteresis is due to an increase of the short intermolecular contacts, which exceed a certain threshold for the cooperative effect. In the case of compound 2 an incomplete spin transition with a 4 K wide hysteresis was observed. The low temperature wMT product remains constant at a value typical for a mixed HS/LS state in stepwise spin transitions. A quantitative correlation between the cooperative effects of 12 monomer and polymer iron(II) SCO complexes and their structural properties derived from X-ray structure analysis, the so-called crystal contact index, CCI, is introduced.

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