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Spin-State Ordering in Hydroxo-Bridged Diiron(III)bisporphyrin Complexes

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posted on 2015-02-16, 00:00 authored by Mala A. Sainna, Debangsu Sil, Dipankar Sahoo, Bodo Martin, Sankar Prasad Rath, Peter Comba, Sam P. de Visser
We report the synthesis, structure, and spectroscopic characterization of 1,2-bis­[μ-hydroxo iron­(III) 5-(2,3,7,8,12,13,17,18-octaethylporphyrinyl)]­ethane with PF6 and SbF6 counteranions. The two iron centers are nonequivalent with admixed intermediate spin state (S = 3/2 with a minor contribution of S = 5/2) on each metal both in the solid and in solution. The molecules are compared with previously known μ-hydroxo complexes with other counterions, such as I3, BF4, and ClO4, which demonstrates that the nature of the counterion can affect the spin-state ordering dramatically. To understand how the spin-state ordering is affected by external perturbations, we also have done a comprehensive computational study. The calculations show that subtle environmental perturbations affect the spin-state ordering and relative energies and are likely to be the root cause of the variation in spin-state ordering observed experimentally.