Energy conversion and storage via photoinduced polarization change in non-ferroelectric molecular [CoGa] crystals

Pritam Sadhukhan, Shu Qi Wu, Shinji Kanegawa, Sheng Qun Su, Xiaopeng Zhang, Takumi Nakanishi, Jeremy Ian Long, Kaige Gao, Rintaro Shimada, Hajime Okajima, Akira Sakamoto, Joy G. Chiappella, Myron S. Huzan, Thomas Kroll, Dimosthenis Sokaras, Michael L. Baker, Osamu Sato

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To alleviate the energy and environmental crisis, in the last decades, energy harvesting by utilizing optical control has emerged as a promising solution. Here we report a polar crystal that exhibits photoenergy conversion and energy storage upon light irradiation. The polar crystal consists of dinuclear [CoGa] molecules, which are oriented in a uniform direction inside the crystal lattice. Irradiation with green light induces a directional intramolecular electron transfer from the ligand to a low-spin CoIII centre, and the resultant light-induced high-spin CoII excited state is trapped at low temperature, realizing energy storage. Additionally, electric current release is observed during relaxation from the trapped light-induced metastable state to the ground state, because the intramolecular electron transfer in the relaxation process is accompanied with macroscopic polarization switching at the single-crystal level. It demonstrates that energy storage and conversion to electrical energy is realized in the [CoGa] crystals, which is different from typical polar pyroelectric compounds that exhibit the conversion of thermal energy into electricity.

ジャーナルNature communications
出版ステータス出版済み - 12月 2023

!!!All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 化学一般
  • 生化学、遺伝学、分子生物学一般
  • 物理学および天文学一般


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