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Plastic crystal behaviour in tetraethylammonium dicyanamide
journal contributionposted on 11.06.2007, 00:00 authored by G Annat, J Adebahr, I McKinnon, D MacFarlane, Maria ForsythMaria Forsyth
The plastic crystal tetraethylammonium dicyanamide ([N2,2,2,2][dca]) has been investigated with an emphasis on structure and dynamics in the plastic phase. It was found that almost all of the volume expansion occurs at the II → I transition, with no volume expansion at the melt transition (as normally observed for crystals). The conductivity of this material shows a rapid increase at temperatures below the II → I transition, reaching values ~ 10− 3 S/cm in Phase I, and 0.1 S/cm in the melt. The NMR measurements show that there is a sudden onset of rotational motions of the cations at the plastic transition; below this temperature the cations appear static. The rotational motion of the cation in Phase I has been discussed in terms of isotropic tumbling.