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Title: Alternative current conduction mechanisms of organic-inorganic compound [N(CH{sub 3}){sub 3}H]{sub 2}ZnCl{sub 4}

[N(CH{sub 3}){sub 3}H]{sub 2}ZnCl{sub 4} has been studied by X-ray powder diffraction patterns, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and impedance spectroscopy. The [N(CH{sub 3}){sub 3}H]{sub 2}ZnCl{sub 4} hybrid compound is crystallized at room temperature (T ≈ 300 K) in the orthorhombic system with Pnma space group. Five phase transitions (T{sub 1} = 255 K, T{sub 2} = 282 K, T{sub 3} = 302 K, T{sub 4} = 320 K, and T{sub 5} = 346 K) have been proved by DSC measurements. The electrical technique was measured in the 10{sup −1}-10{sup 7} Hz frequency range and 233–363 K temperature interval. The frequency dependence of alternative current (AC) conductivity is interpreted in terms of Jonscher's law. The AC electrical conduction in [N(CH{sub 3}){sub 3}H]{sub 2}ZnCl{sub 4} is analyzed by different processes, which can be attributed to several models: the correlated barrier hopping model in phase I, the overlapping large polaron tunneling model in phase II, the quantum mechanical tunneling model in phase IV, and the non-overlapping small polaron tunneling model in phases III, V, and VI. The conduction mechanism is studied with the help of Elliot's theory, and the Elliot's parameters are determined.
Authors:
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  1. Laboratory of Condensed Matter, Faculty of Sciences, University of Sfax, BP1171, 3018 Sfax (Tunisia)
  2. LUNAM Université, Université du Maine, CNRS UMR 6283, Institut des Molécules et Matériaux du Mans (IMMM), Avenue Olivier Messiaen, F-72085, Le Mans Cedex 09 (France)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22273547
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 115; Journal Issue: 15; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; CALORIMETRY; DIFFERENTIAL THERMAL ANALYSIS; ELECTRIC CURRENTS; FREQUENCY DEPENDENCE; IMPEDANCE; ORGANIC NITROGEN COMPOUNDS; ORTHORHOMBIC LATTICES; PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS; QUANTUM MECHANICS; SPECTROSCOPY; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; TEMPERATURE RANGE 0273-0400 K; TUNNEL EFFECT; X-RAY DIFFRACTION; ZINC CHLORIDES