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Crystals 2015, 5(2), 252-260; doi:10.3390/cryst5020252

Flux Growth and Crystal Structure Refinement of Calcite Type Borate GaBO3

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Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208, USA
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Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 155 West Yangqiao Road, Fuzhou 350002, China
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Received: 1 May 2015 / Revised: 20 May 2015 / Accepted: 21 May 2015 / Published: 27 May 2015
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A single crystal of gallium borate, GaBO3, 4 × 4 × 0.2 mm3 in size has been grown by spontaneous crystallization with a molten flux based on a Bi2O3-3B2O3 solvent. From single crystal X-ray diffraction measurement, GaBO3 was found to crystallize in the trigonal calcite type, space group R-3c, with cell dimensions a = 4.56590(10) and c = 14.1764(4) Å, Z = 6. Layers of distorted [GaO6] octahedra are interleaved by layers of triangular planar [BO3] unites. The transmission spectrum on a single crystal indicated that the band gap of GaBO3 is 3.62 eV. View Full-Text
Keywords: borates; gallium borate; calcite type; crystal growth; flux borates; gallium borate; calcite type; crystal growth; flux
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Wang, S.; Ye, N.; Poeppelmeier, K.R. Flux Growth and Crystal Structure Refinement of Calcite Type Borate GaBO3. Crystals 2015, 5, 252-260.

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