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Monitoring Fe(II) Spin-State Equilibria via Eu(III) Luminescence in Molecular Complexes: Dream or Reality?

Published inInorganic Chemistry, vol. 59, no. 2, p. 1091-1103
Publication date2020

The modulation of light emission by Fe(II) spin-crossover processes in multifunctional materials has recently attracted major interest for the indirect and non-invasive monitoring of magnetic information storage. In order to approach this goal at the molecular level, three segmental ligand strands L4-L6 were reacted with stoichiometric mixtures of divalent d-block cations (M(II) = Fe(II) or Zn(II)) and trivalent lanthanides (Ln(III) = La(III), Eu(III)) in acetonitrile to give C3-symmetrical dinuclear triplestranded helical [LnM(Lk)3]5+ cations, which can be crystallized with non-coordinating counteranions. The divalent metal M(II) is six-coordinate in the pseudo-octahedral sites produced by the facial wrapping of the three didentate binding units, the ligand field of which induces variable Fe(II) spin-state properties in [LnFe(L4)3]5+ (strictly high-spin), [LnFe(L5)3]5+ (spin-crossover (SCO) around room temperature) and [LnFe(L6)3]5+ (SCO at very low temperature). The introduction of the photophysically active Eu(III) probe in [EuFe(Lk)3]5+ results in europium-centered luminescence modulated by variable intramolecular Eu(III)Fe(II) energy transfer processes. The kinetic analysis implies Eu(III)Fe(II) quenching efficiencies close to 100% for the low-spin configuration and larger than 95% for the high-spin-state. Consequently, the sensitivity of indirect luminescence detection of Fe(II) spin-crossover is limited by the resulting weak Eu(III)-centered emission intensities, but the dependence of the luminescence on the temperature unambiguously demonstrates the potential of indirect lanthanide-based spin-state monitoring at the molecular scale.

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LATHION, Timothee et al. Monitoring Fe(II) Spin-State Equilibria via Eu(III) Luminescence in Molecular Complexes: Dream or Reality? In: Inorganic Chemistry, 2020, vol. 59, n° 2, p. 1091–1103. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b02713
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