Inorganic Chemistry, Vol.60, No.1, 380-386, 2021
Stepwise Dielectric Switching Occurs in Two Photo-Responsive Complexes Possessing Two-Dimensional Structures
Two organic-inorganic hybrid complexes, (CH3NH3)-Na[Fe(CN)(5)NO]center dot H2O (1) and (CH3NH3)(2)[Fe(CN)(5)NO] (2), which exhibit stepwise dielectric switching as well as photo-induced structural transformation, are synthesized and examined. In these two compounds, the photo-responsive complex anions, [Fe(CN)(5)NO](2-), connected by Na+ through N-Na coordination bonds or CH3NH3 through N center dot center dot center dot H-N hydrogen bonds, form two-dimensional structures. One organic cation, CH3NH3+, that resides in the intralaminar cavity and plays a role as a template, undergoes a temperature-controlled order-disorder structural phase transition. As the frozen-thawed state change of the polar organic cations modifies the polarizability of materials, stepwise dielectric switching is observed at the phase transition temperature. Furthermore, the photo-induced linkage isomerism of [Fe(CN)(5)NO](2-) building block survives in the new compounds at the low-temperature range, which is verified by variable-temperature IR spectra after photo-irradiation. The coexistence of switchable dielectric properties and photo-induced structural variation suggests multiple optical-electric roles of the present materials.