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Theoretical Prediction of Spin-Crossover Temperatures in Ligand-Driven Light-Induced Spin Change Systems

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posted on 06.08.2012, 00:00 by Jordi Cirera, Francesco Paesani
Spin-crossover compounds exhibit two alternative spin states with distinctive chemical and physical properties, a particular feature that makes them promising materials for nanotechnological applications as memory or display devices. A key parameter that characterizes these compounds is the spin-crossover temperature, T1/2, defined as the temperature with equal populations of high and low-spin species. In this study, a theoretical/computational approach is described for the calculation of T1/2 for the trans-[Fe­(styrylpyridine)4(NCX)2] (X = S, Se, and BH3, styrylpyridine in the trans configuration) ligand driven light-induced spin change (LD-LISC) complexes. In all cases, the present calculations provide an accurate description of both structural and electronic properties of the LD-LISC complexes and, importantly, predict spin-crossover temperatures in good agreement with the corresponding experimental data. Fundamental insights into the dependence of T1/2 on the nature of the axial ligands are obtained from the direct analysis of the underlying electronic structure in terms of the relevant molecular orbitals.