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Title: Experimental verification of the high pressure crystal structures in NH{sub 3}BH{sub 3}

A detailed high-pressure study on NH{sub 3}BH{sub 3} has been carried out using in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman scattering with a diamond anvil cell up to 20 and 33 GPa, respectively. The Rietveld refinement based on the XRD pattern and analysis of Raman data indicate two first-order phase transitions from the ambient pressure I4 mm structure (α-NH{sub 3}BH{sub 3}) to a high pressure Cmc2{sub 1} phase (β-NH{sub 3}BH{sub 3}) at 2.14 GPa, and further into a monoclinic P2{sub 1} (Z = 2) phase (γ-NH{sub 3}BH{sub 3}) at 9.67 GPa. Fitting the measured volumetric compression data to the third order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state reveals a bulk modulus of B{sub 0} = 9.9 ± 0.5 and 17.0 ± 3.0 GPa (with fixed B{sub 0}{sup ′} = 4) for the β-NH{sub 3}BH{sub 3} below and above 5 GPa, respectively. Still, with the splitting of the NBH rock mode in Raman experiment, it is concluded that a second-order isostructural phase transition occurs at 5 GPa. By analyzing the dihydrogen bonding framework, the origin of the isostructural phase transition is attributed to the number of dihydrogen bondings per molecule in the Cmc2{sub 1} phase increasing from 12 to 14 at 5more » GPa.« less
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  1. State Key Laboratory of Superhard Materials, College of Physics, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22311387
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 140; Journal Issue: 24; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; BONDING; EQUATIONS OF STATE; MOLECULES; MONOCLINIC LATTICES; ORTHORHOMBIC LATTICES; PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS; RAMAN EFFECT; X-RAY DIFFRACTION