We show clear experimental evidence of cooperative terahertz (THz) dynamics observed below 3 THz (similar to 100 cm(-1)), for a low-symmetry Zr-based metal-organic framework structure, termed MIL-140A [ZrO(O2C-C6H4-CO2)]. Utilizing a combination of high-resolution inelastic neutron scattering and synchrotron radiation far-infrared spectroscopy, we measured low-energy vibrations originating from the hindered rotations of organic linkers, whose energy barriers and detailed dynamics have been elucidated via ab initio density functional theory calculations. The complex pore architecture caused by the THzrotations has been characterized. We discovered an array of soft modes with trampolinelike motions, which could potentially be the source of anomalous mechanical phenomena such as negative thermal expansion. Our results demonstrate coordinated shear dynamics (2.47 THz), a mechanismwhichwe have shownto destabilize the framework structure, in the exact crystallographic direction of the minimum shear modulus (G(min)).

Detecting Molecular Rotational Dynamics Complementing the Low-Frequency Terahertz Vibrations in a Zirconium-Based Metal-Organic Framework

CIVALLERI, Bartolomeo;
2017-01-01

Abstract

We show clear experimental evidence of cooperative terahertz (THz) dynamics observed below 3 THz (similar to 100 cm(-1)), for a low-symmetry Zr-based metal-organic framework structure, termed MIL-140A [ZrO(O2C-C6H4-CO2)]. Utilizing a combination of high-resolution inelastic neutron scattering and synchrotron radiation far-infrared spectroscopy, we measured low-energy vibrations originating from the hindered rotations of organic linkers, whose energy barriers and detailed dynamics have been elucidated via ab initio density functional theory calculations. The complex pore architecture caused by the THzrotations has been characterized. We discovered an array of soft modes with trampolinelike motions, which could potentially be the source of anomalous mechanical phenomena such as negative thermal expansion. Our results demonstrate coordinated shear dynamics (2.47 THz), a mechanismwhichwe have shownto destabilize the framework structure, in the exact crystallographic direction of the minimum shear modulus (G(min)).
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Ryder, Matthew R.; Van De Voorde, Ben; Civalleri, Bartolomeo; Bennett, Thomas D.; Mukhopadhyay, Sanghamitra; Cinque, Gianfelice; Fernandez-Alonso, Fel...espandi
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