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Polarization from sliding molecular rotors

The direct manipulation of a new kind of ferroelectric state, arising from the sliding of van der Waals layers in a coordination polymer, is demonstrated.

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Fig. 1: Mechanisms for generating ferroelectricity.
Fig. 2: Breaking inversion symmetry with axial vectors.


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Senn, M.S., Goodwin, A.L. Polarization from sliding molecular rotors. Nat. Mater. 21, 1100–1101 (2022).

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