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Pressure-induced magnetic switching and linkage isomerism in K0.4Fe4[Cr(CN)6]2.8 •16H2O: x-ray absorption and magnetic circular dichroism studies

By E. Coronado, M.C. Giménez-López, T. Korzeniak, G. Levchenko, F.M. Romero, A. Segura, V. García-Baonza, J.C. Cezar, F.M.F. de Groot, A. Milner and M. Paz-Pasternak


The effect of applied pressure on the magnetic properties of the Prussian blue analogue K0.4Fe4[Cr(CN)6]2.8 ·16H2O (1) has been analyzed by dc and ac magnetic susceptibility measurements. Under ambient conditions, 1 orders ferromagnetically at a critical temperature (TC) of 18.5 K. Under application of pressure in the 0-1200 MPa range, the magnetization of the material decreases and its critical temperature shifts to lower temperatures, reaching TC ) 7.5 K at 1200 MPa. Pressure-dependent Raman and Mo¨ssbauer spectroscopy measurements show that this striking behavior is due to the isomerization of some CrIII-CtN-FeII linkages to the CrIII-NtC-FeII form. As a result, the ligand field around the iron(II) centers increases, and the diamagnetic low-spin state is populated. As the number of diamagnetic centers in the cubic lattice increases, the net magnetization and critical temperature of the material decrease considerably. The phenomenon is reversible: releasing the pressure restores the magnetic properties of the original material. However, we have found that under more severe pressure conditions, a metastable sample containing 22% CrIII-NtC-FeII linkages can be obtained. X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism of this metastable sample confirm the linkage isomerization process

Year: 2008
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