Pressure-tuning of magnetism and linkage isomerism in iron(II) hexacyanochromate

Eugenio Coronado*, Mari Carmen Giménez-López, Georgiy Levchenko, Francisco M. Romero, Valentín García-Baonza, Alla Milner, Moshe Paz-Pasternak

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A pressure-induced linkage isomerization of the cyanide anion has been observed in single crystals of a chromium(III)-iron(II) Prussian blue analogue of formula K0.4Fe4[Cr(CN)6]2.81.2·16H2O (1). Upon application of pressure in the 0-1200 MPa range, the cyanide ligand rotates and becomes C-bonded to the iron(II) cations, leading to a stabilization of their diamagnetic low-spin states. The result is a decrease of magnetization and magnetic ordering temperatures from TC = 19 K at ambient pressure to 13 K at 1200 MPa. The initial magnetic properties can be restored on pressure release. The reversible movement of cyanide in the solid state can be exploited as a switch of the magnetic interaction at the molecular level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4580-4581
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number13
StatePublished - 6 Apr 2005


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