Li7Ba3Al3O11: A new supertetrahedral oxide

Yuki Nishita, Hisanori Yamane

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Colorless, transparent single crystal grains were obtained from a sample prepared by heating compacts fabricated from mixtures of Li2O, BaO, and Al2O3 powders at 1093 K for 6 h under an Ar atmosphere. Single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis showed that these crystals comprised the new compound Li7Ba3Al3O11 having an orthorhombic cell (lattice constants: A = 13.1706(4), b = 13.1743(4), c = 13.1372(4) Å). The crystal structure of this compound is close to the cubic structure of La3Cr9.24N11 (space group Fm3m) and contains eight supertetrahedra formed via the vertex-sharing of ten Li-, Li/Al-, and Al-centered oxygen tetrahedra. These supertetrahedra are arranged in the unit cell on the basis of edge-sharing. The crystal symmetry was reduced from cubic Fm3m to orthorhombic Pnnn as a result of the partial ordering of Li and Al atoms in the oxygen tetrahedra with various Li/Al site occupancies from 0.0/1.0 to 1.0/0.0. Polycrystalline samples of Li7Ba3Al3O11 were synthesized by heating a mixture of starting materials in the molar ratio corresponding to the stoichiometric composition of Li7Ba3Al3O11 at 1073 K for 6 h under Ar. The electrical conductivity of a polycrystalline sample was determined using the direct current two-terminal method with Li electrodes to be 1.3 × 10-8 S cm-1 at 553 K. The estimated activation energy in the range of 553-673 K was 0.88 eV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17208-17214
Number of pages7
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number46
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec 14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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