Structure and energetics of a ferroelectric organic crystal of phenazine and chloranilic acid

Kyuho Lee, Brian Kolb, T. Thonhauser, David Vanderbilt, David C. Langreth

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Abstract

We report first-principles calculations for a ferroelectric organic crystal of phenazine and chloranilic acid molecules. Weak intermolecular interactions are properly treated by using a second version of the van der Waals density functional known as vdW-DF2 [K. Lee, Phys. Rev. BPRBMDO1098-012110.1103/ PhysRevB.82.081101 82, 081101 (2010)]. Lattice constants, total energies, spontaneous electric polarizations, phonon modes and frequencies, and the energy barrier of proton transfer are calculated and compared with PBE and experiments whenever possible. We show that the donation of one proton from a chloranilic acid molecule to a neighboring phenazine molecule is energetically favorable. This proton transfer is the key structural change that breaks the centrosymmetry and leads to the ferroelectric structure. However, there is no unstable phonon associated with the proton transfer, and an energy barrier of 8 meV is found between the paraelectric and ferroelectric states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104102
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume86
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 5 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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