Structure, crystal chemistry and thermal evolution of the δ-Bi2O3-related phase Bi9ReO17

Neeraj Sharma*, Ray L. Withers, Kevin S. Knight, Chris D. Ling

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    The thermal evolution and structural properties of fluorite-related δ-Bi2O3-type Bi9ReO17 were studied with variable temperature neutron powder diffraction, synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction and electron diffraction. The thermodynamically stable room-temperature crystal structure is monoclinic P21/c, a=9.89917(5), b=19.70356(10), c=11.61597(6) Å, β=125.302(2)° (Rp=3.51%, wRp=3.60%) and features clusters of ReO4 tetrahedra embedded in a distorted Bi-O fluorite-like network. This phase is stable up to 725 °C whereupon it transforms to a disordered δ-Bi2O3-like phase, which was modeled with δ-Bi2O3 in cubic Fm3̄m with a=5.7809(1) Å (Rp=2.49%, wRp=2.44%) at 750 °C. Quenching from above 725 °C leads to a different phase, the structure of which has not been solved but appears on the basis of spectroscopic evidence to contain both ReO4 tetrahedra and ReO6 octahedra. Crown

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2468-2474
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2009


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