Synthesis, crystal structure and properties of a quaternary oxide with a new structure type, BiGaTi4O11

Hisanori Yamane, Ryota Yagi, Akira Hosono, Yuji Masubuchi

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A new quaternary oxide, BiGaTi4O11 (bismuth gallium tetratitanium undeca-oxide), was prepared by heating a mixture of the binary oxides at 1373 K in air. BiGaTi4O11 melts at 1487 K and prismatic single crystals were obtained from a sample melted at 1523 K and solidified by furnace cooling. The structure of BiGaTi4O11 was analyzed using single-crystal X-ray diffraction to be of a new type that crystallized in the space group Cmcm. ABi3+ site is coordinated by nine O2 anions, and three oxygen-coordinated octahedral sites are statistically occupied by Ga3+ and Ti4+ cations. A relative dielectric constant of 46 with a temperature coefficient of 57 ppm K1 in the temperature range 297–448 K was measured for a polycrystalline ceramic sample at 150 Hz–1 MHz with a dielectric loss tan of less than 0.01. Electrical resistivities measured at 1073 K by alternating-current impedance spectroscopic and direct-current methods were 1.16 x 104 and 1.14 x 104 Scm1, respectively, which indicates that electrons and/or holes were conduction carriers at high temperature. The optical band gap estimated by the results of diffuse reflectance analysis was 2.9–3.0 eV, while the band gap obtained from the activation energy for electrical conduction was 3.5 eV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)702-706
Number of pages5
JournalActa crystallographica. Section C, Structural chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jun 1


  • Bismuth gallate titanate
  • Crystal structure
  • Dielectric property
  • Quaternary oxide


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