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Title: Chloride influence on the formation of lanthanum hexaboride: An in-situ diffraction study

LaB 6 has been a material of interest for decades due to its thermionic emission, plasmonic properties, and low work function, and researchers continue to discover new properties even now. In order to meet growing interest in customizing these properties, it is important to gain better control over the system and a better understanding of the fundamental mechanism of LaB 6 crystal growth and formation. Traditional synthetic methods require very high temperatures, at which point crystallization happens too quickly to be readily studied. Our discovery that LaB 6 may be made using lower temperatures has made it possible to slow down crystal formation enough for lattice growth to be observed. Here, we report an in situ diffraction study of the reaction between LaCl 3 and NaBH 4 . In observing the evolution of the (1 1 1), (1 1 0), and (2 0 0) lattice planes of LaB 6, we have discovered that the Cl of LaCl3 has a strong influence on crystal formation, and that excess Cl, temperature and heating rate may all be used as tools to control the LaB 6 final product.
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  1. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Molecular Foundry
  2. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Advanced Light Source
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Crystal Growth
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 486; Journal Issue: C; Related Information: © 2018; Journal ID: ISSN 0022-0248
Research Org:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) (SC-27)
Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; A1. X-ray diffraction; B1. Nanostructures; B1. Halides; B1. Inorganic compounds; B1. Hexaborides
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