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Title: Experimental Verification of the High Pressure Crystal Structures in NH3BH3

We performed a detailed study with high-pressure on NH3BH3 and its been carried out using in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman scattering with a diamond anvil cell up to 20 and 33 GPa, respectively. The Rietveld refinement based on the XRD pattern and analysis of Raman data indicate two first-order phase transitions from the ambient pressure I4 mm structure (α-NH3BH3) to a high pressure Cmc21 phase (β-NH3BH3) at 2.14 GPa, and further into a monoclinic P21 (Z = 2) phase (γ-NH3BH3) at 9.67 GPa. Fitting the measured volumetric compression data to the third order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state reveals a bulk modulus of B 0 = 9.9 ± 0.5 and 17.0 ± 3.0 GPa (with fixed B 0 ' = 4) for the β-NH3BH3 below and above 5 GPa, respectively. Still, with the splitting of the NBH rock mode in Raman experiment, it is concluded that a second-order isostructural phase transition occurs at 5 GPa. Analyzing the dihydrogen bonding framework, the origin of the isostructural phase transition is attributed to the number of dihydrogen bondings per molecule in the Cmc21 phase increasing from 12 to 14 at 5 GPa.
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  1. Jilin Univ., Changchun (China)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0021-9606
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Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 140; Journal Issue: 24
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States