Probing helix formation in chains of vertexlinked octahedra

Paul A. Maggard, Amy L. Kopf, Charlotte L. Stern, Kenneth R. Poeppelmeier

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The rational design of crystal structures based on the chemical nature of molecular components, a longstanding and exciting research topic in organic solid state chemistry, is an emerging theme of crystal engineering in inorganic solid state chemistry. In particular, noncentrosymmetric structures, or those lacking inversion symmetry, are important for future technologies that are based on piezoelectricity, pyroelectricity, ferroelectricity and second harmonic generation (SHG). Materials that exhibit these properties provide a large and new class of solids for studies in basic science associated with the noncentrosymmetric (chiral, polar, or chiral-polar) space groups. Structures comprised of vertex-linked octahedra are common in inorganic solids. The subject of our Highlight is the rational synthesis of linear, zigzag or helical chains when two vertices of an octahedron, which are either adjacent (cis) or opposite (trans), are linked.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-457
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Sep 17 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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