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Title: Ti{sub 3}GaC{sub 2} and Ti{sub 3}InC{sub 2}: First bulk synthesis, DFT stability calculations and structural systematics

A simple methodology for identifying possible higher order M{sub n+1}AX{sub n} phases (n≥2) from the chemical characteristics of known phases was developed. The method was used to identify two potential M{sub 3}AC{sub 2} phases Ti{sub 3}GaC{sub 2} and Ti{sub 3}InC{sub 2}. After verifying that the n=1 MAX phases in these systems could be synthesised in bulk using a simple pressureless reactive sintering process, the new phases were synthesised using the same method. DFT calculations were used to test the thermodynamic stability of the new phases against the known competing phases within the same ternary systems. Both were found to be stable although Ti{sub 3}InC{sub 2} only marginally so. Crystal structure refinements and comparison to other MAX phases revealed a linear increase in the c-axis length as a function of the atomic radius of the A element. - Highlights: • Chemical systematics were used to highlight a search window for new MAX phases. • Two new higher order MAX phases, Ti{sub 3}InC{sub 2} and Ti{sub 3}GaC{sub 2}, were synthesised. • Pressureless reactive sintering was effective in producing bulk material. • DFT calculations indicate that the new phases are stable.
Authors:
 [1] ; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. School of Engineering, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308 (Australia)
  2. School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308 (Australia)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22486830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Solid State Chemistry; Journal Volume: 230; 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; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; CRYSTAL STRUCTURE; DENSITY FUNCTIONAL METHOD; GALLIUM CARBIDES; INDIUM CARBIDES; PHASE STABILITY; SINTERING; SYNTHESIS; TITANIUM COMPOUNDS