From racemic units to polar materials

Romain Gautier, Alexander J. Norquist, Kenneth R. Poeppelmeier*

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A new route is described that enables the design of polar materials using racemic basic building units (BBUs). ∇- and Δ-[Cu(H 2O)(bpy)2]2+ complexes in noncentrosymmetric [Cu(H2O)(bpy)2]2[HfF6] 23H2O and centrosymmetric [Cu(H2O)(bpy) 2][BF4]2 reveal that racemic BBUs in the solid state can lead directly to noncentrosymmetry. The structure is polar if only mirror or glide planes relate the left- and right-handed enantiomers, whereas nonpolar, achiral structures result if rotoinversion relates the left- and right-handed enantiomers. This structural analysis also provides an alternative route in the design of polar materials that had always been engineered from polar BBUs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6267-6271
Number of pages5
JournalCrystal Growth and Design
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 5 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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