Strain Coupling and Dynamic Relaxation in a Molecular Perovskite-Like Multiferroic Metal-Organic Framework

Xin, Lipeng and Zhang, Zhiying and Carpenter, Michael A. and Zhang, Ming and Jin, Feng and Zhang, Qingming and Wang, Xiaoming and Tang, Weihua and Lou, Xiaojie (2018) Strain Coupling and Dynamic Relaxation in a Molecular Perovskite-Like Multiferroic Metal-Organic Framework. Advanced Functional Materials, 28 (52). p. 1806013. ISSN 1616301X DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201806013

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Abstract

Magnetic metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) with a perovskite structure AMX3 are emerging single‐phased multiferroics with different sources of magnetic and electric ordering. However, the atomic mechanism underlying the multiple ferroic coupling is convincingly clarified. In this work, large single crystals of [(CH3)2NH2][Ni(HCOO)3] are synthesized and shown to exhibit a first‐order ferroelectric phase transition at ≈178 K during heating and at ≈151 K during cooling, as confirmed by temperature‐dependent differential scanning calorimetry, Raman scattering, and X‐ray diffraction studies. Resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS) is used to investigate the elastic and anelastic properties between 5 and 300 K. The RUS results show an abrupt disappearance of resonance peaks above the ferroelectric transition point of ≈178 K. This is probably due to the unfreezing of dimethylammonium cation motion which couples with local strain. Small changes in elastic properties associated with two known magnetic transition at ≈35 and ≈15 K, respectively, are indicative of weak magnetoelastic coupling. An apparent peak in acoustic loss accompanying the canted antiferromagnetic ordering (≈35 K) and spin reorientation transition (≈15 K) is attributed to dynamical magnetoelastic coupling on the RUS time scale of ≈10−6 s. In comparison with the same MOF structures containing Mn2+ and Co2+, the smaller Ni2+ ions effectively generate an internal chemical pressure and induce a compressed ion force on the anion frameworks. This study opens up a new landscape to explore possibilities for ferroic‐order coupling in molecular MOFs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2018AREP; IA75
Subjects: 03 - Mineral Sciences
Divisions: 03 - Mineral Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Advanced Functional Materials
Volume: 28
Page Range: p. 1806013
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201806013
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2019 13:32
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019 13:40
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/4466

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