School Seminar: Professor Patrick M. Woodward; The Ohio State University
Thursday, 9 September 11:00am – 12:00pm
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Speaker: Professor Patrick M. Woodward; The Ohio State University
Host: Professor Brendan Kennedy
Title: Assessing the Symmetries of Phase Transitions in Hybrid Layered Halide Perovskites – Hydrogen Bonding Meets Octahedral Tilting
Abstract: In this talk I will discuss structural distortions in layered hybrid perovskites from a variety of perspectives. Using the tools of group theory, we have mapped out the symmetry consequences of structural distortions in this class of materials. These distortions include octahedral tilting and cation ordering within the inorganic layers as well as orientational ordering of organic cations in the organic layers. This analysis is coupled with synthesis and crystal structure determination of a wide variety layered perovskite phases. The combined analysis shows that certain modes of octahedral tilting are strongly favored in large part because they lead to favorable hydrogen bonding interactions between the halide ions of the inorganic layers and the ammonium-type protons of the organic cations that sit between the layers. This information is used to guide our search for new lead-free ferroelectrics and multiferroics among this large class of compounds.