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Theoretical study of the H/D isotope effect on phase transition of hydrogen-bonded organic conductor κ-H3(Cat-EDT-TTF)2

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Abstract

κ-H3(Cat-EDT-TTF)2 (H-TTF) is a hydrogen-bonded π-electron system which was found to reveal C2/c symmetry at 50–293 K, while its isotopologue, κ-D3(Cat-EDT-TTF)2 (D-TTF), showed the phase transition at 185 K from C2/c to P[1 with combining macron]. To elucidate the origin of such a difference, we calculated the potential energy curves (PECs) for the hydrogen transfer along the H-bonds in these conductors. We found that both the π-stacking and the hydrogen nuclear quantum effect drastically affected the hydrogen transfer energy. By taking account of both effects, we obtained a symmetric single-well effective PEC for H-TTF, which indicated that the hydrogen was always located at the center of the H-bond. By contrast, the effective PEC of D-TTF was a low-barrier double-well, indicating that the position of the H-bonded deuterium would change according to the temperature. We concluded that the π-stacking and the nuclear quantum effect were the key factors for the appearance of phase transition only in D-TTF.

Graphical abstract: Theoretical study of the H/D isotope effect on phase transition of hydrogen-bonded organic conductor κ-H3(Cat-EDT-TTF)2

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The article was received on 04 Aug 2016, accepted on 06 Oct 2016 and first published on 06 Oct 2016


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C6CP05414E
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 29673-29680
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    Theoretical study of the H/D isotope effect on phase transition of hydrogen-bonded organic conductor κ-H3(Cat-EDT-TTF)2

    K. Yamamoto, Y. Kanematsu, U. Nagashima, A. Ueda, H. Mori and M. Tachikawa, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 29673
    DOI: 10.1039/C6CP05414E

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