Valence Trapping of Mixed-Valence [Fe3O(O2CCH3)6(py)3]•S (S = Solvent) Complexes at High Pressure

James K. McCusker, Ho G. Jang, Maruta Zvagulis, Walter Ley, Harry G. Drickamer, David N. Hendrickson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

7 Citations (Scopus)


The transformation from valence detrapped to valence trapped for two oxo-centered trinuclear iron acetate complexes is studied at pressures up to 95 kbar with the use of a diamond anvil cell. Variable-pressure 57Fe Mössbauer spectra are presented for 57Fe-enriched [Fe3O(O2CCH3)6(py)3]•py (1) and [Fe3O(O2CCH3)6(py)3]•CHCl3 (2), where py is pyridine. At 298 K and applied pressures less than ~20 kbar, each of the complexes gives a spectrum with a single quadrupole-split doublet, which indicates that complexes 1 and 2 are interconverting faster than the Mössbauer time scale under these conditions. Application of pressure in excess of ~80 kbar leads to both complexes becoming valence trapped, as indicated by two doublets in the Mössbauer spectrum with an area ratio of ~2:1 (FeIII:FeII). At intermediate pressures, each of these complexes gives a Mössbauer spectrum that can be fit as a superposition of a valence detrapped doublet and a valence trapped four-line pattern. The nature of the pressure-induced transformations observed in complexes 1 and 2 is discussed with reference to the phase diagram derived from a spin-Hamiltonian theoretical approach that parametrizes intermolecular interactions in terms of the molecular field approximation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1985-1990
Number of pages6
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1991 May 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Valence Trapping of Mixed-Valence [Fe3O(O2CCH3)6(py)3]•S (S = Solvent) Complexes at High Pressure'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this