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Issue 18, 2015
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Dielectric and Raman investigations of structural phase transitions in (C2H5NH3)2CdCl4

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Temperature-dependent Raman and dielectric measurements have been carried out on (C2H5NH3)2CdCl4 single crystals. Raman studies reveal the presence of two structural phase transitions below room temperature at 216 K and 114 K. The phase transitions are marked by anomalies in temperature dependence of wave-number and full width half maximum (FWHM) of several vibrational modes. The transitions are also accompanied by anomalies in dielectric measurements. Raman and dielectric data indicate that the transition at 216 K is order–disorder in nature and is driven by re-orientation of organic ions, while the transition at 114 K is due to coupling between the CdCl6 octahedron and the organic chain. Further high temperature dielectric measurements reveal the presence of one more structural phase transition around 473 K across which dispersion in dielectric parameters is observed. The activation energies and relaxation time obtained for high temperature dielectric phases are characteristic of combined reorientation motions of alkyl ammonium cations.

Graphical abstract: Dielectric and Raman investigations of structural phase transitions in (C2H5NH3)2CdCl4

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Submitted
12 Feb 2015
Accepted
02 Apr 2015
First published
09 Apr 2015

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015,17, 12207-12214
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Dielectric and Raman investigations of structural phase transitions in (C2H5NH3)2CdCl4

R. Yadav, D. Swain, P. P. Kundu, H. S. Nair, C. Narayana and S. Elizabeth, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, 17, 12207
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP00906E

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