Two-step crystal-crystal phase transformation of N-salicylidene-p-aminobenzoic acid by gas-solid reaction with aqua-ammonia vapour

Haruki Sugiyama, Hidehiro Uekusa

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Abstract

Crystal-crystal phase transformation by external stimuli has attracted significant attention for application in switchable materials, which can change their structures and properties. Herein, it is revealed that N-salicylidene-p-aminobenzoic acid crystals undergo a two-step crystal-crystal phase transformation through a gas-solid reaction with aqua-ammonia vapour. The photochromic behaviour of the crystals switched from nonphotochromic to photochromic and back to nonphotochromic via a phase transformation. The two-step phase transformation and photochromic behaviour change were characterized and correlated by X-ray crystal structure analysis, UV-Vis spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and scanning electron microscopy. This article is the first report to capture the stepwise structural change in the gas-solid (acid-base) reaction of ammonia with benzoic acid derivatives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-60
Number of pages5
JournalActa crystallographica. Section C, Structural chemistry
Volume77
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan 1

Keywords

  • crystal structure
  • gas–solid reaction
  • phase transformation
  • photochromism
  • soft crystal
  • switching material

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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