A charge-transfer-induced spin transition in a discrete complex: the role of extrinsic factors in stabilizing three electronic isomeric forms of a cyanide-bridged co/fe cluster. Academic Article uri icon


  • A series of bimetallic, trigonal bipyramidal clusters of type {[Co(N-N)(2)](3)[Fe(CN)(6)](2)} are reported. The reaction of {Co(tmphen)(2)}(2+) with [Fe(CN)(6)](3)(-) in MeCN affords {[Co(tmphen)(2)](3)[Fe(CN)(6)](2)} (1). The cluster can exist in three different solid-state phases: a red crystalline phase, a blue solid phase obtained by exposure of the red crystals to moisture, and a red solid phase obtained by desolvation of the blue solid phase in vacuo. The properties of cluster 1 are extremely sensitive to both temperature and solvent content in each of these phases. Variable-temperature X-ray crystallography; (57)Fe Mossbauer, vibrational, and optical spectroscopies; and magnetochemical studies were used to study the three phases of 1 and related compounds, Na{[Co(tmphen)(2)](3)[Fe(CN)(6)](2)}(ClO(4))(2) (2), {[Co(bpy)(2)](3)[Fe(CN)(6)](2)}[Fe(CN)(6)](1/3) (3), and {[Ni(tmphen)(2)](3)[Fe(CN)(6)](2)} (4). The combined structural and spectroscopic investigation of 1-4 leads to the unambiguous conclusion that 1 can exist in different electronic isomeric forms, {Co(III)(2)Co(II)Fe(II)(2)} (1A), {Co(III)Co(II)(2)Fe(III)Fe(II)} (1B), and {Co(II)(3)Fe(III)(2)} (1C), and that it can undergo a charge-transfer-induced spin transition (CTIST). This is the first time that such a phenomenon has been observed for a Co/Fe molecule.

published proceedings

  • J Am Chem Soc

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Berlinguette, C. P., Dragulescu-Andrasi, A., Sieber, A., Gdel, H., Achim, C., & Dunbar, K. R.

citation count

  • 142

complete list of authors

  • Berlinguette, Curtis P||Dragulescu-Andrasi, Alina||Sieber, Andreas||G├╝del, Hans-Ulrich||Achim, Catalina||Dunbar, Kim R

publication date

  • May 2005