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Title: Synthesis, structural characterization and properties of SrAl{sub 4−x}Ge{sub x}, BaAl{sub 4−x}Ge{sub x}, and EuAl{sub 4−x}Ge{sub x} (x≈0.3–0.4)—Rare examples of electron-rich phases with the BaAl{sub 4} structure type

Three solid solutions with the general formula AEAl{sub 4−x}Ge{sub x} (AE=Eu, Sr, Ba; 0.32(1)≤x≤0.41(1)) have been synthesized via the aluminum self-flux method, and their crystal structures have been established from powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. They are isotypic and crystallize with the well-known BaAl{sub 4} structure type, adopted by the three AEAl{sub 4} end members. In all structures, Ge substitutes Al only at the 4e Wyckoff site. Results from X-rays photoelectron spectroscopy on EuAl{sub 4−x}Ge{sub x} and EuAl{sub 4} indicate that the interactions between the Eu{sup 2+} cations and the polyanionic framework are enhanced in the Ge-doped structure, despite the slightly elevated Fermi level. Magnetic susceptibility measurements confirm the local moment magnetism, expected for the [Xe]4f{sup 7} electronic configuration of Eu{sup 2+} and suggest strong ferromagnetic interactions at cryogenic temperatures. Resistivity data from single-crystalline samples show differences between the title compounds, implying different bonding characteristics despite the close Debye temperatures. A brief discussion on the observed electron count and homogeneity ranges for AEAl{sub 4−x}Ge{sub x} (AE=Eu, Sr, Ba) is also presented. - Graphical abstract: AEAl{sub 4−x}Ge{sub x} (AE=Eu, Sr, Ba; 0.32(1)≤x≤0.41(1)), three “electron-rich” phases with BaAl{sub 4} structure type have been synthesized and characterized. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Threemore » BaAl{sub 4}-type ternary aluminum germanides have been synthesized with Eu, Sr and Ba. • Eu, Sr and Ba cations have no apparent influence on the solubility of Ge. • The Ge atoms substitute Al on one of two framework sites, thereby strengthening the interactions between the cations and the polyanionic framework.« less
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OSTI Identifier:
22274065
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Solid State Chemistry; Journal Volume: 205; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; ALUMINIUM; BONDING; CATIONS; CRYSTAL STRUCTURE; DEBYE TEMPERATURE; ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE; EUROPIUM; EUROPIUM IONS; FERMI LEVEL; GERMANIDES; INTERACTIONS; INTERMETALLIC COMPOUNDS; MAGNETIC SUSCEPTIBILITY; MONOCRYSTALS; SOLID SOLUTIONS; SYNTHESIS; X-RAY DIFFRACTION; X-RAY PHOTOELECTRON SPECTROSCOPY