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Sanchez-Andujar M.,University ru Na | Presedo S.,University ru Na | Ya Nez-Vilar S.,University ru Na | Castro-Garcia S.,University ru Na | And 2 more authors.
Inorganic Chemistry | Year: 2010

We have found that the hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite-like formate Mn(HCOO)3[(CH3)2NH2] shows a dielectric transition around 190 K. According to single crystal X-ray diffraction, the compound shows rhombohedral symmetry at room temperature and monoclinic symmetry at low temperature (100 K), and the main difference between both structures is that the (CH3)2NH2 + (DMA) cations are disordered in the high temperature phase but cooperatively ordered in the low temperature one. The vibrational spectra of this compound reveal that significant changes take place in the vibrations ascribed to the DMA cation (changes in the frequency of certain vibrations, splitting of particular vibrations, and changes in the intensities), while no significant changes have been observed in those attributed to the formate anion. On the basis of all this information, we attribute the origin of the dielectric transition to the dynamics of the DMA cations: above 190 K these cations can rotate inside the cubooctahedral cavity created by the [Mn(HCOO) 3]- framework, while for lower temperatures such rotation gets frozen, and their cooperative arrangement inside the cavities give rise to the observed dielectric transition. © 2010 American Chemical Society. Source

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