Linear Fe(II) 1,2,4-triazole complexes with lipid counteranions are newly developed. These complexes show sharp and reversible spin conversion in toluene, with temperatures significantly higher (by 20-100 K) than the spin crossover temperatures observed in the crystalline states. This is accounted for in terms of increased metal-ligand interactions in organic media, which is caused by solvophobic compaction of charged coordination chains. In atomic force microscopy, developed nanowires are observed for low spin (LS) complexes. On the other hand, fragmented nanostructures are seen for high spin (HS) complexes, indicating that the spin conversion in solution is governed by a self-assembly process. The lipid packaging of charged coordination chains thus provides powerful means to improve and regulate their functions via solvophobic self-assembly.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry