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Title: Hexagonal OsB 2 reduction upon heating in H 2 containing environment

The stability of hexagonal ReB 2 type OsB 2 powder upon heating under reforming gas was investigated. Pure Os metal particles were detected by powder X-ray diffraction starting at 375⁰ C and complete transformation of OsB 2 to metallic Os was observed at 725⁰ C. The mechanisms of precipitation of metallic Os is proposed and changes in the lattice parameters of OsB 2 upon heating are analysed in terms of the presence of oxygen or water vapour in the heating chamber. Previous studies suggested that Os atoms possess (0) valence, while B atoms possess both (+3) and ( 3) valences in the alternating boron/osmium sheet structure of hexagonal (P63/mmc, No. 194) OsB 2; if controllable method for Os removal from the lattice could be found, the opportunity would arise to form two-dimensional (2D) layers consisting of pure B atoms.
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  1. Univ. of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (United States)
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Center for Nanophase Materials Science (CNMS)
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Journal Name:
Advances in Applied Ceramics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 114; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 1743-6753
Taylor & Francis
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; osmium diboride; redox stability; hydrogen