Lattice vibrations of γ - and β -coronene from Raman microscopy and theory

Nicola Bannister, Jonathan Skelton, Gabriele Kociok-Köhn, Tim Batten, Enrico Da Como, Simon Crampin

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We combine polarization-resolved low-frequency Raman microscopy and dispersion-corrected density-functional calculations (DFT-D3) to study polymorph-dependent lattice vibrations in coronene, a model molecular system for nanographenes and disklike organic semiconductors that exhibits two crystalline structures with distinct electronic and optical properties. Changes in low-energy Raman-active lattice phonons are followed across the γ- to β-phase transition at 150 K. Raman frequencies calculated using DFT-D3 agree to within 4 cm-1, and on the basis of polarization dependence of peak positions and intensities we achieve a clear mode assignment. Studies of the associated atomic motions show how the pure librational and rotational modes of γ-coronene change into mixed roto-librations in the β-phase, explaining the remarkable differences in Raman spectra of the two phases.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125601
JournalPhysical Review Materials
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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