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Evidence and detailed study of a second-order phase transition in the (C6H11NH3)(2)[PbI4] organic-inorganic hybrid material

Abstract : The thermal properties of the organic-inorganic hybrid material (C6H11NH3)(2)[PbI4] are investigated using diffuse reflectivity, spectroscopic ellipsometry, differential scanning calorimetry, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The diffuse reflectivity, performed in heating mode, clearly evidences the presence of a singularity at 336 K. This is confirmed by the temperature dependence of the spectroscopic ellipsometry spectra, which points out a second-order phase transition at 336K with a critical exponent similar to 0.5. Differential scanning calorimetry measurements on a polycrystalline powder of (C6H11NH3)(2)[PbI4] show a reversible phase transition detected at T-C = 336K without hysteresis. Raman spectroscopy data suggest that this transition arises from a change in the interactions between inorganic sheets (\[PbI4](2-)\(infinity)) and organic protonated molecules ([C6H11NH3](+)). The structural analysis from power X-ray diffraction reveals an incomplete order-disorder transition of the cyclohexylammonium cation, causing a subtle contraction of the inter-plane distance. The transition results from repulsive close contacts between the organic molecules in the interlayer spacing.
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A. Yangui, Sébastien Pillet, D. Garrot, Smail Triki, Y. Abid, et al.. Evidence and detailed study of a second-order phase transition in the (C6H11NH3)(2)[PbI4] organic-inorganic hybrid material. Journal of Applied Physics, American Institute of Physics, 2015, 117 (11), ⟨10.1063/1.4915509⟩. ⟨hal-01521906⟩



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