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Title: An effective pathway to design and synthesize UV birefringent crystals via rational assembly of π-conjugated [CO 3 ] 2− and [NO 3 ] − triangles
Planar MO 3 (M = B, C, N) units have frequently been considered important structural components of novel birefringent crystal materials. An efficient approach for constructing new functional crystals is to simultaneously assemble multiple structural motifs together. Two compounds, Na 3 Rb 6 (CO 3 ) 3 (NO 3 ) 2 X·6H 2 O (X = Br and Cl), were synthesized by the integration of three kinds of anionic groups. More interestingly, the [CO 3 ] 2− and [NO 3 ] − groups in Na 3 Rb 6 (CO 3 ) 3 (NO 3 ) 2 X·6H 2 O are all coplanar with the aid of [NaO 7 ] 13− polyhedra, which can enhance the anisotropic polarizability. Na 3 Rb 6 (CO 3 ) 3 (NO 3 ) 2 X·6H 2 O have a large theoretical birefringence of ∼0.165 at 1064 nm and possess a short UV cut-off edge of ∼230 nm. Additionally, the two compounds exhibit good crystal growth habits. These properties illustrate that Na 3 Rb 6 (CO 3 ) 3 (NO 3 ) 2 X·6H 2 O are promising UV birefringent crystals.  more » « less
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Journal of Materials Chemistry C
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3325 to 3333
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National Science Foundation
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