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BaCu(OH)3Cl: a new one-dimensional Mott insulator with a CuO2 chessboard layer

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Abstract

In order to obtain a Ba analogue of the Mott insulator SrCu(OH)3Cl, a new structure-type compound BaCu(OH)3Cl has been synthesized by a hydrothermal method. The crystal structure of the title compound consists of an undulating [BaCl]+ layer and a plane of [Cu(OH)3] single chains, stacking alternately along the c-axis. The [Cu(OH)3] single chains composed of corner-sharing [CuO4] squares are isolated in the plane and connected by barium atoms from the next layers. The Cu2+ ions from the isolated chains form a two-dimensional chessboard layer of CuO2, similar to those in the quasi-one-dimensional Mott insulator Sr2CuO3 and the superconductor Sr2CuO3+δ. The chessboard layers of CuO2 have been proposed to be responsible for high-temperature superconductivity. Magnetic susceptibility measurements indicate that the title compound has a nearly ideal spin-1/2 antiferromagnetic Heisenberg chain (spin Hamiltonian H = JSiSi+1) with an intrachain coupling constant J/kB = 135.7(6) K. The title compound as a quasi-one-dimensional Mott insulator with the characteristic chessboard layer of CuO2 provides a new prototype for doped derivatives in the search for high-temperature superconductors.

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The article was received on 21 Aug 2018, accepted on 01 Oct 2018 and first published on 02 Oct 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8NJ04266G
Citation: New J. Chem., 2018, Advance Article
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    BaCu(OH)3Cl: a new one-dimensional Mott insulator with a CuO2 chessboard layer

    M. Wang, Y. Huang, Y. Pan and J. Mi, New J. Chem., 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8NJ04266G

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