The cyanide-bridged [CoFe] one-dimensional chain, [CoII((R)- pabn)][FeIII(Tp)(CN)3](BF4) ·MeOH·2H2O, where (R)-pabn = (R)-N2,N(2′)- bis(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)-1,1′-binaphthyl-2,2′-diamine and Tp = hydrotris(pyrazolyl)borate, exhibits magnetic and electric bistabilities originating from an electron transfer coupled spin transition between Fe-CN-Co pairs. The use of L-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) in combination with L-edge X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) is explored for the investigation of the electronic structure and magnetization of Co and Fe ions separately, in both diamagnetic and paramagnetic states. It has been established from susceptibility results that the switching between diamagnetic and paramagnetic phases emanates from electron transfer between low spin Fe(II) and Co(III), resulting in low spin Fe(III) (S = 1/2) and high spin Co(II) (S = 3/2). The XAS and XMCD results are consistent with the bulk susceptibility measurements, where greater detail regarding the charge transfer process is determined. The Fe-CN-Co electron transfer pathway is highlighted by a strongly XMCD dependent transition to a cyanide back bonding orbital, giving evidence for strong hybridization with Fe(III) t2g orbitals. In addition to thermally induced and photoinduced switching, [CoFe] is found to exhibit a switching by grinding induced dehydration. Analysis of XAS shows that on grinding diamagnetic [CoFe], 75% of metal ions lock into the magnetic Co(II)Fe(III) phase. Density functional theory calculations based on the [CoFe] crystal structure in the magnetic and nonmagnetic phases aid the spectroscopic results and provide a complementary insight into the electronic configuration of the [CoFe] 3d shells, quantifying the change in ligand field around Co and Fe centers on charge transfer.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry