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A Ferroelectric Iron(II) Spin Crossover Material.

Angew Chem Int Ed Engl; 56(45): 14052-14056, 2017 Nov 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28881084
A dual-function material in which ferroelectricity and spin crossover coexist in the same temperature range has been obtained. Our synthetic strategy allows the construction of acentric crystal structures in a predictable way and is based on the high directionality of hydrogen bonds. The well-known iron(II) spin crossover complex [Fe(bpp) ] (bpp=2,6-bis(pyrazol-3-yl)pyridine), a four-fold noncentrosymmetric H-bond donor, was combined with a disymmetric H-bond acceptor such as the isonicotinate (isonic) anion to afford [Fe(bpp) ](isonic) ⋅2 H O. This low-spin iron(II) compound crystallizes in the acentric nonpolar I4‾ space group and shows piezoelectricity and SHG properties. Upon dehydration, it undergoes a single-crystal to single-crystal structural rearrangement to a monoclinic polar Pc phase that is ferroelectric and exhibits spin crossover.