Effect of Transition Metal Substitution on the Structure and Properties of a Clathrate-Like Compound Eu7Cu44As23
AbstractA series of substitutional solid solutions—Eu7Cu44−xTxAs23 (T = Fe, Co, Ni)—based on a recently discovered clathrate-like compound (Eu7Cu44As23) were synthesized from the elements at 800 °C. Almost up to 50% of Cu can be substituted by Ni, resulting in a linear decrease of the cubic unit cell parameter from a = 16.6707(1) Å for the ternary compound to a = 16.3719(1) Å for the sample with the nominal composition Eu7Cu24Ni20As23. In contrast, Co and Fe can only substitute less than 20% of Cu. Crystal structures of six samples of different composition were refined from powder diffraction data. Despite very small differences in scattering powers of Cu, Ni, Co, and Fe, we were able to propose a reasonable model of dopant distribution over copper sites based on the trends in interatomic distances as well as on Mössbauer spectra for the iron-substituted compound Eu7Cu36Fe8As23. Ni doping increases the Curie temperature to 25 K with respect to the parent compound, which is ferromagnetically ordered below 17.5 K, whereas Fe doping suppresses the ferromagnetic ordering in the Eu sublattice. View Full-Text
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Plokhikh, I.V.; Charkin, D.O.; Verchenko, V.Y.; Ignatyev, I.A.; Kazakov, S.M.; Sobolev, A.V.; Presniakov, I.A.; Tsirlin, A.A.; Shevelkov, A.V. Effect of Transition Metal Substitution on the Structure and Properties of a Clathrate-Like Compound Eu7Cu44As23. Materials 2016, 9, 587.
Plokhikh IV, Charkin DO, Verchenko VY, Ignatyev IA, Kazakov SM, Sobolev AV, Presniakov IA, Tsirlin AA, Shevelkov AV. Effect of Transition Metal Substitution on the Structure and Properties of a Clathrate-Like Compound Eu7Cu44As23. Materials. 2016; 9(7):587.Chicago/Turabian Style
Plokhikh, Igor V.; Charkin, Dmitri O.; Verchenko, Valeriy Y.; Ignatyev, Ivan A.; Kazakov, Sergey M.; Sobolev, Alexey V.; Presniakov, Igor A.; Tsirlin, Alexander A.; Shevelkov, Andrei V. 2016. "Effect of Transition Metal Substitution on the Structure and Properties of a Clathrate-Like Compound Eu7Cu44As23." Materials 9, no. 7: 587.
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