Properties of organic-inorganic hybrids: Chemistry, connectivity and confinement

Machteld Elizabeth Kamminga

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This thesis investigated properties of organic-inorganic hybrids. Organic-inorganic hybrids are materials that consist of organic and inorganic components that are combined into a single compound. Organic and inorganic compounds generally have different properties: organic compounds have a flexible structure and are easy to make, while inorganic compounds are known for their excellent electronic and magnetic properties and resilience against high temperatures. Combining both components into a single hybrid compound gives rise to materials with properties that are associated with both components. Therefore, unique materials that are the best of both worlds can be created.

While several properties of organic-inorganic hybrids have been reported, their origin is not always fully understood. The mechanisms behind the physical phenomena are sometimes yet to be found. It is commonly understood that the properties are directly related to the crystal structure, but there is still a lot to gain.

The main goal of the research was to gain a better fundamental understanding of structure-property relations in organic-inorganic hybrids. In other words, how displacements in the crystal structure can change fundamental physical properties, including optical, electric and magnetic properties.

In this work, both new and previously reported organic-inorganic hybrids are synthesized, their crystal structures are studied and fundamental physical properties are measured. The findings of this thesis add to the understanding of the chemistry, structures and physical properties of these hybrid materials. Furthermore, a few tools that are of use for direct tuning of certain physical properties of organic-inorganic hybrids for desired applications are reported.
Translated title of the contributionEigenschappen van organisch-anorganische hybrides: Chemie, connectiviteit en insluiting
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Groningen
  • Palstra, Thomas, Supervisor
  • Loi, Maria, Supervisor
  • Blake, Graeme, Co-supervisor
Award date22-Jun-2018
Place of Publication[Groningen]
Print ISBNs978-94-034-0702-9
Electronic ISBNs978-94-034-0701-2
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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