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Thermochromism, the Alexandrite Effect, and Dynamic Jahn–Teller Distortions in Ho2Cu(TeO3)2(SO4)2

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posted on 18.11.2013, 00:00 authored by Jian Lin, Kariem Diefenbach, Justin N. Cross, Jean-Marie Babo, Thomas E. Albrecht-Schmitt
A 3d–4f heterobimetallic material with mixed anions, Ho2Cu­(TeO3)2(SO4)2, has been prepared under hydrothermal conditions. Ho2Cu­(TeO3)2(SO4)2 exhibits both thermochromism and the Alexandrite effect. Variable temperature single crystal X-ray diffraction and UV–vis–NIR spectroscopy reveal that changes in the CuII coordination geometry result in negative thermal expansion of axial Cu–O bonds that plays a role in the thermochromic transition of Ho2Cu­(TeO3)2(SO4)2. Magnetic studies reveal an effective magnetic moment of 14.97 μB. which has a good agreement with the calculated value of 15.09 μB.