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Title: Observation of Vacancies, Faults, and Superstructures in Ln 5Mo 2O 12 (Ln = La, Y, and Lu) Compounds with Direct Mo–Mo Bonding

Among oxide compounds with direct metal–metal bonding, the Y 5Mo 2O 12 (A 5B 2O 12) structural family of compounds has a particularly intriguing low-dimensional structure due to the presence of bioctahedral B 2O 10 dimers arranged in one-dimensional edge-sharing chains along the direction of the metal–metal bonds. Furthermore, these compounds can have a local magnetic moment due to the noninteger oxidation state (+4.5) of the transition metal, in contrast to the conspicuous lack of a local moment that is commonly observed when oxide compounds with direct metal–metal bonding have integer oxidation states resulting from the lifting of orbital degeneracy typically induced by the metal–metal bonding. Although a monoclinic C2/m structure has been previously proposed for Ln 5Mo 2O 12 (Ln = La–Lu and Y) members of this family based on prior single crystal diffraction data, it is found that this structural model misses many important structural features. On the basis of synchrotron powder diffraction data, it is shown in this paper that the C2/m monoclinic unit cell represents a superstructure relative to a previously unrecognized orthorhombic Immm subcell and that the superstructure derives from the ordering of interchangeable Mo 2O 10 and LaO 6 building blocks. The superstructure formore » this reason is typically highly faulted, as evidenced by the increased breadth of superstructure diffraction peaks associated with a coherence length of 1–2 nm in the c* direction. Finally, it is shown that oxygen vacancies can occur when Ln = La, producing an oxygen deficient stoichiometry of La 5Mo 2O 11.55 and an approximately 10-fold reduction in the number of unpaired electrons due to the reduction of the average Mo valence from +4.5 to +4.05, a result confirmed by magnetic susceptibility measurements. Finally, this represents the first observation of oxygen vacancies in this family of compounds and provides an important means of continuously tuning the magnetic interactions within the one-dimensional octahedral chains of this system.« less
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  1. Stony Brook Univ., NY (United States). Dept. of Chemistry
  2. Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD (United States). Dept. of Chemistry
  3. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Spallation Neutron Source
  4. Stony Brook Univ., NY (United States). Dept. of Chemistry; Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Dept. of Chemistry
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0020-1669
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0012704; AC05-00OR22725; AC02-06CH11357; FG02-08ER46544; DMR-0955646
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Inorganic Chemistry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 56; Journal Issue: 21; Journal ID: ISSN 0020-1669
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD (United States); Stony Brook Univ., NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); National Science Foundation (NSF)
Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; Metal-metal bonding; faulting; oxygen vacancies
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