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Competitive Halogen Bond in the Molecular Ferroelectric with Large Piezoelectric Response

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posted on 21.02.2018, 00:00 by Wei-Qiang Liao, Yuan-Yuan Tang, Peng-Fei Li, Yu-Meng You, Ren-Gen Xiong
Molecular piezoelectrics are attracting tremendous interest because of their easy processing, light weight, low acoustical impedance, and mechanical flexibility. However, reports of molecular piezoelectrics with a piezoelectric coefficient d33 comparable to piezoceramics such as barium titanate (BTO, 90–190 pC/N) have been scarce. Here, we present a uniaxial molecular ferroelectric, trimethylchloromethylammonium tribromocadmium­(II) (TMCM-CdBr3), in which the halogen bonding might be a possible critical point for the stabilization of one-dimensional (1D) {CdBr3} chain and further reservation of its ferroelectricity in such organic–inorganic hybrid crystalline systems. It has a large d33 of 139 pC/N, 1 order of magnitude higher than those of most classically uniaxial ferroelectrics such as LiNbO3 (6–16 pC/N) and Rochelle salt (∼7 pC/N), and comparable with those of multiaxial ferroelectrics such as BTO and trimethylbromomethylammonium tribromomanganese­(II) (112 pC/N). Moreover, the simple single-crystal growth and easy-to-find polar axis enable it to hold a great potential for applying in the single-crystal form. In light of the strong, specific, and directional halogen-bonding interactions, this work provides possibilities to explore new classes of molecular piezoelectrics and contribute to further developments.

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