Large dark blue plate-like single crystals of K7-x-yBay Nb14P9O60 (x = 0.27(5), y = 0.63(3)) have been synthesized by a solid state technique. A single crystal X-ray diffraction study shows that it crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pmma(#51) with the lattice parameters a = 36.809(3), b = 10.596(1), and c = 6.459(1) Å and z = 2. A full matrix least-squares refinement based on 2451 reflections for I > 2σ(I) yielded R(F) = 0.047 and RW(F2) = 0.114. The title compound is isostructural with the previously reported K7Nb14+xP9-xO60 (x = 0.13). Among the five unique K atoms in the crystal structure of K7Nb14.13P8.87O60, only K(5) appears to be predominantly substituted by barium. K6.10Ba0.63Nb14P9O60 shows semiconducting behavior with an activation energy of 0.16(1) eV. Magnetic susceptibility measurements on a collection of randomly oriented single crystals indicated Curie behavior with an effective magnetic moment of μeff = 1.30 μB/Nb4+. A comparison of the structure as well as the electrical transport and magnetic properties of K6.10Ba0.63Nb14P9O60 with that of K7Nb14.13P8.87O60 is presented.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Ceramics and Composites
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry