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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 34, Number 6
BKCSDE 34(6)
June 20, 2013 

 
Title
Structural Characterization of the Intermetallic Phase EuZnxIn4–x (x ≈ 1.1-1.2). Zn and In Site-Preferences in the BaAl4 Structure-Type from Computational Analysis
Author
Tae-Soo You*, Gnu Nam, Youngjo Kim, Gregory M. Darone, Svilen Bobev*
Keywords
Crystal structure, Site-preference, Electronic structure calculations, Rare-earth intermetallics
Abstract
The ternary phase EuZnxIn4-x has been identified as the main product of reactions of Eu, Zn, and In by using the In-flux method and characterized by both powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The structure belongs to the common BaAl4-type (tetragonal space group I4/mmm, Pearson code tI10) with lattice parameters of a = 4.5610(9) Å, c = 12.049(3) Å for composition EuZn1.10(12)In2.90 and a = 4.5463(3) Å, c = 12.028(2) Å for composition EuZn1.18(2)In2.82, respectively. In this structure, the Eu atoms are situated at the center of 18-vertex Fedorov polyhedra made of Zn and In atoms, where the 4d site is preferentially occupied by In and the 4e site is occupied by randomly mixed Zn and In atoms. Theoretical investigations using tight-binding linear muffintin orbital (TB-LMTO) method provide rationale for the observed site preferences and suggest potentially wider homogeneity range than the experimentally established for EuZnxIn4–x (x ≈ 1.1).
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1656 - 1662
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