Symmetry breaking above room temperature in an Fe(II) spin crossover complex with an N4O2 donor set
Wasinee Phonsri, Casey G Davies, Guy NL Jameson, Boujemaa Moubaraki, Jas S Ward, Paul E Kruger, Guillaume Chastanet, Keith S Murray
Chemical Communications | Royal Society of Chemistry | Published : 2017
[Fe(qsal-Cl)2] is one of the few known Fe(II) spin crossover compounds with an N4O2 donor atom environment. It shows an abrupt two-step spin transition at 308 and 316 K and importantly, symmetry breaking at the highest temperature reported, to date, in spin crossover compounds.
This work was supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery grant (to K. S. M.). P. E. K. gratefully acknowledges the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund for financial support. We thank Professor David Harding (of Walailak University, Thailand) for valuable discussions. This paper is dedicated to Professor Leone Spiccia (1957-2016), a fine person, friend and excellent scientist.