Control of Multipolar and Orbital Order in Perovskite-like [C(NH2)3]CuxCd1-x(HCOO)3 Metal-Organic Frameworks.
9393 - 9396
J Am Chem Soc
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We study the compositional dependence of molecular orientation (multipolar) and orbital (quadrupolar) order in the perovskite-like metal-organic frameworks [C(NH2)3]CuxCd1-x(HCOO)3. Upon increasing the fraction x of Jahn-Teller-active Cu(2+), we observe an orbital disorder/order transition and a multipolar reorientation transition, each occurring at distinct critical compositions xo = 0.45(5) and xm = 0.55(5). We attribute these transitions to a combination of size, charge distribution, and percolation effects. Our results establish the accessibility in formate perovskites of novel structural degrees of freedom beyond the familiar dipolar terms responsible for (anti)ferroelectric order. We discuss the implications of cooperative quadrupolar and multipolar states for the design of relaxor-like hybrid perovskites.