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Title: Mapping of reciprocal space of La{sub 0.30}CoO{sub 2} in 3D: Analysis of superstructure diffractions and intergrowths with Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}

We have used electron diffraction tomography and powder X-ray diffraction to elucidate the structural properties of layered cobaltate γ-La{sub 0.30}CoO{sub 2}. The structure consists of hexagonal sheets of edge-sharing CoO{sub 6} octahedra interleaved by lanthanum monolayers. The La{sup 3+} cations occupy only one third of available P2 sites, forming a 2-dimensional a√3×a√3 superstructure in a–b plane. The results show that there exists no order in the mutual relative shift between the neighbouring La interlayers within the a–b plane. This is manifested in the observed monotonous decrease of the diffracted intensity of the superstructure diffractions along c{sup ⁎} in both X-ray and electron diffraction data. The observed lack of stacking order differentiates the La{sub x}CoO{sub 2} from its Ca and Sr analogues where at least a partial stacking order of the cationic interlayers is manifested in experimental data published in literature. - Highlights: • We use electron diffraction tomography for reciprocal space mapping of La{sub 0.30}CoO{sub 2}. • We observed a complete disorder of the stacking of Lanthanum interlayers. • Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} intergrown with La{sub 0.30}CoO{sub 2} crystals brings about fake superstructure diffractions. • Twinning of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} enhances the problem of fake superstructure diffractions.
Authors:
 [1] ; ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [1]
  1. Institute of Physics AS CR, v.v.i., Na Slovance 1999/2, 182 21 Prague 8 (Czech Republic)
  2. Institute of Inorganic Chemistry AS CR, v.v.i., Husinec-Rez 1001, 25068 Rez (Czech Republic)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22475678
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Solid State Chemistry; Journal Volume: 227; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2015 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; CATIONS; COBALT OXIDES; CRYSTALS; ELECTRON DIFFRACTION; LANTHANUM COMPOUNDS; LANTHANUM IONS; MAPPING; POWDERS; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; TWINNING; TWO-DIMENSIONAL SYSTEMS; X-RAY DIFFRACTION