A photo-induced transformation, specific to the nanometric size and different from the well-documented photo-induced electron transfer in molecules and large size coordination polymers, is evidenced in 5 nm nanocrystals of an alkali cation free CoFe Prussian blue analog by SQUID magnetometry and X-ray absorption spectroscopy.
The discovery of a photomagnetic effect in a CoFe Prussian blue analog (PBA) has triggered a growing interest for photo-switchable bimetallic cyanide-bridged systems. Nevertheless, in between cyanide-bridged extended coordination polymers and discrete molecules, the photo-switching phenomena are much less well known in nano-sized materials. A photo-induced transformation, specific to the nanometric size, is evidenced by magnetometry and by X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the Co and Fe K-edges in an alkali cation free Prussian blue analog. The nanoparticles before irradiation can be described as having a core-shell structure, the core being made of the well-known fcc-CoII(HS)FeIII structure of CoFe PBAs while the shell contains CoII ions in octahedral geometry and significantly distorted Fe(CN)6 entities. Irradiation induces a change of the local structures around the transition metal ions, which remain in the same oxidation state, with different behaviors of the Co and Fe sub-lattices.Zum Volltext