Single-Component Conductors: A Sturdy Electronic Structure Generated by Bulky Substituents

Agathe Filatre-Furcate, Nathalie Bellec, Olivier Jeannin, Pascale Auban-Senzier, Marc Fourmigué, Jorge Íniguez, Enric Canadell, Benjamin Brière, Vinh Ta Phuoc, Dominique Lorcy

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    © 2016 American Chemical Society. While the introduction of large, bulky substituents such as tert-butyl, â'SiMe3, or â'Si(isopropyl)3 has been used recently to control the solid state structures and charge mobility of organic semiconductors, this crystal engineering strategy is usually avoided in molecular metals where a maximized overlap is sought. In order to investigate such steric effects in single component conductors, the ethyl group of the known [Au(Et-Thiazdt)2] radical complex has been replaced by an isopropyl one to give a novel single component molecular conductor denoted [Au(iPr-Thiazdt)2] (iPr-Thiazdt: N-isopropyl-1,3-Thiazoline-2-Thione-4,5-dithiolate). It exhibits a very original stacked structure of crisscross molecules interacting laterally to give a truly three-dimensional network. This system is weakly conducting at ambient pressure (5 S·cm-1), and both transport and optical measurements evidence a slowly decreasing energy gap under applied pressure with a regime change around 1.5 GPa. In contrast with other conducting systems amenable to a metallic state under physical or chemical pressure, the Mott insulating state is stable here up to 4 GPa, a consequence of its peculiar electronic structure.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)6036-6046
    JournalInorganic Chemistry
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2016


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