Stepwise Dielectric Switching Occurs in Two Photo-Responsive Complexes Possessing Two-Dimensional Structures

Yu Xia Li, Xiao Lei Wang, Yue Li, Osamu Sato, Zi Shuo Yao, Jun Tao

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Two organic-inorganic hybrid complexes, (CH3NH3)Na[Fe(CN)5NO]·H2O (1) and (CH3NH3)2[Fe(CN)5NO] (2), which exhibit stepwise dielectric switching as well as photo-induced structural transformation, are synthesized and examined. In these two compounds, the photo-responsive complex anions, [Fe(CN)5NO]2-, connected by Na+ through N-Na coordination bonds or CH3NH3+ through N···H-N hydrogen bonds, form two-dimensional structures. One organic cation, CH3NH3+, that resides in the intralaminar cavity and plays a role as a template, undergoes a temperature-controlled order-disorder structural phase transition. As the frozen-thawed state change of the polar organic cations modifies the polarizability of materials, stepwise dielectric switching is observed at the phase transition temperature. Furthermore, the photo-induced linkage isomerism of [Fe(CN)5NO]2- building block survives in the new compounds at the low-temperature range, which is verified by variable-temperature IR spectra after photo-irradiation. The coexistence of switchable dielectric properties and photo-induced structural variation suggests multiple optical-electric roles of the present materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-386
Number of pages7
JournalInorganic chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 4 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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