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Keywords:

  • gold;
  • scanning tunneling microscopy;
  • spin crossover;
  • spin switching;
  • thin films
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Single molecules of the iron(II) complex [Fe(bpz)2phen] (phen=1,10-phenanthroline, bpz=dihydrobis(pyrazolyl)borate) are reversibly switched between low spin and high spin by electron-induced spin crossover (ELIESST) in a bilayer on gold, as revealed by STM.