RbFe 2+Fe 3+F 6: Synthesis, structure, and characterization of a new charge-ordered magnetically frustrated pyrochlore-related mixed-metal fluoride

Sun Woo Kim, Sang Hwan Kim, P. Shiv Halasyamani, Mark A. Green, Kanwal Preet Bhatti, C. Leighton, Hena Das, Craig J. Fennie

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Abstract

A new charge-ordered magnetically frustrated mixed-metal fluoride with a pyrochlore-related structure has been synthesized and characterized. The material, RbFe 2F 6 (RbFe 2+Fe 3+F 6) was synthesized through mild hydrothermal conditions. The material exhibits a three-dimensional pyrochlore-related structure consisting of corner-shared Fe 2+F 6 and Fe 3+F 6 octahedra. In addition to single-crystal diffraction data, neutron powder diffraction and magnetometry measurements were carried out. Magnetic data clearly reveal strong antiferromagnetic interactions (a Curie-Weiss temperature of -270 K) but sufficient frustration to prevent ordering until 16 K. No structural phase transformation is detected from the variable-temperature neutron diffraction data. Infrared, UV-vis, thermogravimetric, and differential thermal analysis measurements were also performed. First-principles density functional theory (DFT) electronic structure calculations were also done. Crystal data: RbFe 2F 6, orthorhombic, space group Pnma (no. 62), a = 7.0177(6), b = 7.4499(6), c = 10.1765(8) Å, V = 532.04(8) Å 3, Z = 4.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)741-751
Number of pages11
JournalChemical Science
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012

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