After-Effects of the Cobalt-57-Iron-57 Electron-Capture Reaction in Hexacyanocobaltate (III) Complexes

Jørgen Folkvard Fenger, K.E. Siekierska, J. Olsen

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    Isomorphous hexacyanocobaltate(III) complexes with the bivalent metal cations Mn2+, Fe2+, Co2+, Ni2+, Cu2+, Zn2+, and Cd2+ have been labelled with 57Co and used as Mössbauer sources. Whilst the spectrum of the complex Fe3[57Co(CN)6]2 can be resolved into a single line corresponding to the ion Fe II (CN)6 4– and a doublet, those of all the other sources result in two doublets, of which one corresponds to the ion Fe III (CN)6 3–. The extra doublet in these spectra shows that the 57Co–57Fe electron-capture reaction gives rise to the formation of a new 57Fe labelled species, tentatively identified as a pentacyanide ion. The relative yield of the new species decreases with increasing ionization energy for the divalent cation. This can be understood by assuming that the observed chemical effects are due to Auger cascades followed by Coulomb fragmentation; if, however, the charge relaxation is sufficiently rapid, such fragmentation may be prevented.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of the Chemical Society. Dalton Transactions
    Issue number5
    Pages (from-to)563-567
    Publication statusPublished - 1973


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