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Variable temperature x-ray crystal structure analysis of a type I langbeinite: Rb2Cd2(SO4)(3)

Nalini, G and Row, Guru TN (2002) Variable temperature x-ray crystal structure analysis of a type I langbeinite: Rb2Cd2(SO4)(3). In: Chemistry of Materials, 14 (11). pp. 4729-4735.

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Official URL: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/cm020566h

Abstract

The structure of a type I langbeinite, Rb2Cd2(SO4)(3), displays three different phases, cubic with a = 10.378(5) Angstrom (space group P2(1)3) at room temperature, monoclinic at 120 K with a = 10.328(3), b = 10.322(3), c = 10.325(3) Angstrom, beta = 89.975(1)degrees (space group P2(1)), and orthorhombic at 85 K with a = 10.319(2), b = 10.321(2), c = 10.320(2) Angstrom (space group P2(1)2(1)2(1)), respectively. Precise single-crystal analyses of these phases indicate that Rb2Cd2(SO4)(3) distorts initially from cubic to monoclinic upon cooling followed by a significant reorientation of the SO4 tetrahedra, resulting in an orthorhombic symmetry upon further cooling. The three structures have been established unequivocally using the same crystal. There is no indication of the formation of an intermediate triclinic phase or any lattice disorder as conjectured in several earlier reports on compounds belonging to the type I langbeinite. The bond valence sum analyses of the coordination around the Rb sites indicate asymmetry in the bond strengths which could be the driving force of the ferroelectric behavior in these materials.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Chemical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2011 12:38
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2011 12:38
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/39653

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