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Title: Emptying and filling a tunnel bronze

The classical orthorhombic layered phase of V 2O 5 has long been regarded as the thermodynamic sink for binary vanadium oxides and has found great practical utility as a result of its open framework and easily accessible redox states. Herein, we exploit a cation-exchange mechanism to synthesize a new stable tunnel-structured polymorph of V 2O 5 (ζ-V 2O 5) and demonstrate the subsequent ability of this framework to accommodate Li and Mg ions. The facile extraction and insertion of cations and stabilization of the novel tunnel framework is facilitated by the nanometer-sized dimensions of the materials, which leads to accommodation of strain without amorphization. The topotactic approach demonstrated here indicates not just novel intercalation chemistry accessible at nanoscale dimensions but also suggests a facile synthetic route to ternary vanadium oxide bronzes (MxV 2O 5) exhibiting intriguing physical properties that range from electronic phase transitions to charge ordering and superconductivity.
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  1. TAM
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-06CH11357; AC02-98CH10886
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Chemical Science
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 6; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 2041-6520
Royal Society of Chemistry
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Advanced Photon Source (APS)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States