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Title: Cation-poor complex metallic alloys in Ba(Eu)–Au–Al(Ga) systems: Identifying the keys that control structural arrangements and atom distributions at the atomic level

Four complex intermetallic compounds BaAu 6±xGa 6±y (x = 1, y = 0.9) (I), BaAu 6±xAl 6±y (x = 0.9, y = 0.6) (II), EuAu 6.2Ga 5.8 (III), and EuAu 6.1Al 5.9 (IV) have been synthesized, and their structures and homogeneity ranges have been determined by single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction. Whereas I and II originate from the NaZn 13-type structure (cF104–112, Fm3C), III (tP52, P4/nbm) is derived from the tetragonal Ce 2Ni 17Si 9-type, and IV (oP104, Pbcm) crystallizes in a new orthorhombic structure type. Both I and II feature formally anionic networks with completely mixed site occupation by Au and triel (Tr = Al, Ga) atoms, while a successive decrease of local symmetry from the parental structures of I and II to III and, ultimately, to IV correlates with increasing separation of Au and Tr on individual crystallographic sites. Density functional theory-based calculations were employed to determine the crystallographic site preferences of Au and the respective triel element to elucidate reasons for the atom distribution (“coloring scheme”). Chemical bonding analyses for two different “EuAu 6Tr 6” models reveal maximization of the number of heteroatomic Au–Tr bonds as the driving force for atom organization. The Fermi levels fallmore » in broad pseudogaps for both models allowing some electronic flexibility. Spin-polarized band structure calculations on the “EuAu 6Tr 6” models hint to singlet ground states for europium and long-range magnetic coupling for both EuAu 6.2Ga 5.8 (III) and EuAu 6.1Al 5.9 (IV). This is substantiated by experimental evidence because both compounds show nearly identical magnetic behavior with ferromagnetic transitions at T C = 6 K and net magnetic moments of 7.35 μB/f.u. at 2 K. As a result, the effective moments of 8.3 μB/f.u., determined from Curie–Weiss fits, point to divalent oxidation states for europium in both III and IV.« less
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  1. Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0020-1669
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Inorganic Chemistry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 54; Journal Issue: 21; Journal ID: ISSN 0020-1669
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
Ames Lab., Ames, IA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; complex intermetallics; coloring schemes; structural preferences; magnetism
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