The crystal structures of BiTeO3I, NdTeO3X (X = Cl, Br) and Bi5TeO8.5I2: some crystal chemistry peculiarities of layered Bi(Ln)-Te oxyhalides

PS Berdonosov, DO Charkin, AM Kusainova, CH Hervoches, VA Dolgikh, Philip Lightfoot

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Abstract

Four new layered oxyhalides related to the Sillen family have been prepared and characterized by Rietveld refinement of powder X-ray and neutron diffraction data. BiTeO3I and NdTeO3Br both adopt tetragonal symmetry, space group P4/nmm (for BiTeO3I, a = 4.10811(8), c = 27.988(1) Angstrom; NdTeO3Br, a = 4.06603(7), c = 26.922(1) Angstrom, at 25 degrees C). The structures are composed of triple and double fluorite-related mixed metal oxide layers separated by single and double halogen layers, in the sequence -MTe2O5-X-X-MTe2O5-X-M2O2-X-, which may be represented by the symbol (X:1X1X22)-X-3-X-3, where the subscript signifies the number of halogen layers and the superscript the number of metal sublayers within the fluorite block, by analogy with Sillen's notation. The double fluorite layers are occupied exclusively by Bi, whereas there is an ordered arrangement of Bi/Te within the triple fluorite layers, with Te exclusively occupying the outer sublayers of the block. NdTeO3Cl adopts an orthorhombically distorted form of this structure type, space group Pmmn, a = 4.08096(8), b = 4.03441(8), c = 25.7582(7) Angstrom at 25 degrees C. Bi5TeO8.5I2 adopts a distorted, non-centrosymmetric version of the simpler X-:1(3) structure type, space group Cmm2, a = 5.6878(3), b = 5.7230(3), c = 9.7260(6) Angstrom, consisting of single halogen layers sandwiched between triple fluorite layers, in which there is partial ordering of the Bi/Te cations. (C) 2000 Editions scientifiques et medicales Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553
Number of pages553
JournalSolid State Sciences
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2000

Keywords

  • crystal structures
  • oxyhalides
  • Rietveld refinement
  • TELLURIUM

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