Structural properties of defective (CH3NH3)2Cu(Cl1-xBrx)4 compounds

Alberto Martinelli, Aniruddha Ray, Ahmed L. Abdelhady, Federico Locardi

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Abstract

The crystal structures of (CH3NH3)2Cu(Cl1-xBrx)4 compounds have been investigated by means of synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction and pair distribution function analysis at room temperature. As a result, new insights are gained about the structural properties of these compounds, suggesting a monoclinic symmetry (space group No. 14: P21/c - C_{2h}^{5}) induced by the co-operative orbital ordering produced by the Jahn-Teller distortion characterizing the 3d9 Cu2+ ion. In contrast to previous studies, a significant amount of vacancies is found at halogen positions, a feature that can be likely ascribed to the synthesis technique adopted in the present study. Br atoms preferentially occupy axial positions, likely on account of reduced steric hindrance at these sites.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)425-435
Number of pages11
JournalActa Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials
Volume78
Issue numberPt 3 Pt 2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2022

Keywords

  • copper
  • distribution function analysis
  • PXRD
  • Rietveld
  • synchrotron

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