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Electrochemistry and Spin‐Crossover Behavior of Fluorinated Terpyridine‐Based Co(II) and Fe(II) Complexes

Nößler, Maite; Jäger, René; Hunger, David; Reimann, Marc; Bens, Tobias; Neuman, Nicolás I.; Singha Hazari, Arijit; Kaupp, Martin; Slageren, Joris van; Sarkar, Biprajit

Due to their ability to form stable molecular complexes that have tailor-made properties, terpyridine ligands are of great interest in chemistry and material science. In this regard, we prepared two terpyridine ligands with two different fluorinated phenyl rings on the backbone. The corresponding CoII and FeII complexes were synthesized and characterized by single-crystal X-ray structural analysis, electrochemistry and temperature-dependent SQUID magnetometry. Single crystal X-ray diffraction analyses at 100 K of these complexes revealed Co−N and Fe−N bond lengths that are typical of low spin CoII and FeII centers. The metal centers are coordinated in an octahedral fashion and the fluorinated phenyl rings on the backbone are twisted out of the plane of the terpyridine unit. The complexes were investigated with cyclic voltammetry and UV/Vis-NIR spectroelectrochemistry. All complexes show a reversible oxidation and several reduction processes. Temperature dependent SQUID magnetometry revealed a gradual thermal SCO behavior in two of the complexes, while EPR spectroscopy provided further insights on the electronic structure of the metal complexes, as well as site of reduction.
Published in: European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 10.1002/ejic.202300091, Wiley-VCH