New sarcosine-metal halide complexes related to the ferroelectric TSCC
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There are relatively few sarcosine metal halide complexes. Of these, tris sarcosine calcium chloride (TSCC) ((C3NO2H7)3CaCl2) stands out as an unusual example of a molecular ferroelectric. Here we report the syntheses of eight new related sarcosine-metal halide complexes by slow evaporation. The newly reported materials can be categorised into four different structure types, viz. 3:1 complexes such as (C3NO2H7)3CaBr2, hydrated 3:1 complexes such as (C3NO2H7)3MnI2.2H2O, hydrated 2:1 complexes such as (C3NO2H7)2MgCl2.2H2O, and a 4:1 complex (C3NO2H7)4CaI2.2H2O. The crystal structures of all examples have been determined at multiple temperatures but no evidence is found for any structural transitions to polar phases, either by single crystal X-ray diffraction or by differential scanning calorimetry. The specific compositional reasons behind the apparently unique ferroelectric behaviour of TSCC therefore remain to be ascertained.
Clulow , R & Lightfoot , P 2018 , ' New sarcosine-metal halide complexes related to the ferroelectric TSCC ' , CrystEngComm , vol. 20 , no. 28 , pp. 4012-4019 . https://doi.org/10.1039/c8ce00719e
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DescriptionThe authors thank the EPSRC for provision of a doctoral studentship to RC (DTG012 EP/K503162-1).
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