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The complex [Fe(HL*)2](OTf)2, 1, where HL* = bis(3,5-dimethylpyrazol-1-yl)(3-1H-pyrazole)methane, was prepared in order to compare its magnetic properties with those of the analogous parent complex, [Fe(HL)2](OTf)2, that lacks methyl groups on pyrazolyl rings and that undergoes spin crossover (SCO) from the low spin (LS) to the high spin (HS) form above room temperature. It was anticipated that this new semibulky derivative should favor the HS state and undergo SCO at a lower temperature range. During this study, six crystalline forms of 1 were prepared by controlling the crystallization conditions. Thus, when reagents are combined in CH3CN, an equilibrium mixture of cis and trans isomers is established that favors the latter below 311 K. The trans isomer can be isolated exclusively as a mixture of solvates, LS trans-1·2CH3CN and HS trans-1·4CH3CN, by cooling CH3CN solutions to −20 °C with the former being favored at high concentrations and short crystallization times. Subsequently, vapor diffusion of Et2O into CH3CN solutions of pure trans-1·2CH3CN gives solvate-free HS trans-1. Subjecting trans-1·2CH3CN to vacuum at room temperature gives microcrystalline trans-1·CH3CN, identified by elemental analysis and its distinct powder X-ray diffraction pattern. If an isomeric mixture of 1 is subject to room-temperature vapor diffusion, then a crystalline mixture of HS isomers cis-1 and trans-1 is obtained. Finally, slowly cooling hot acetonitrile solutions of isomeric mixtures of 1 to room temperature gives large prisms of HS co-1, a species with both cis and trans isomers in the unit cell. The complexes trans-1, trans-1·CH3CN, cis-1, and co-1 undergo SCO below 250 K while trans-1·xCH3CN (x = 2, 4) solvates do not undergo SCO before desolvation.


The complex, [Fe(HL*)2](OTf)2, 1, where HL* = bis(3,5-dimethylpyrazol-1-yl)(3-1H-pyrazole)methane, can be coerced to crystallize in one of four different forms from CH3CN solutions under normal laboratory conditions where each form has distinctive magnetic properties.


Accepted version. Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 58, No. 14 (June 24, 2019): 8953-8968. DOI. © 2019 American Chemical Society Publications. Used with permission.

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