Polymer Science and Engineering
Compounds that exhibit spin-crossover (SCO) type behavior have been extensively investigated due to their ability to act as molecular switches. Depending on the coordinating ligand, in this case 1H-1,2,4-triazole, and the crystallite size of the SCO compound produced, the energy requirement for the spin state transition can vary. Here, SCO [Fe(Htrz)2(trz)](BF4)] nanoparticles were synthesized using modified reverse micelle methods. Reaction conditions and reagent ratios are strictly controlled to produce nanocubes of 40–50 nm in size. Decreases in energy requirements are seen in both thermal and magnetic transitions for the smaller sized crystallites, where, compared to bulk materials, a decrease of as much as 20 °C can be seen in low to high spin state transitions.
Adams, D. J.,
Azoulay, J. D.,
Wiley, J. B.
(2022). Synthesis and Characterization of [Fe(Htrz)2(trz)](BF4)] Nanocubes. Molecules, 27(4).
Available at: https://aquila.usm.edu/fac_pubs/20177