Crystal Growth, Structures, and Properties of the Complex Borides, LaOs2Al2B and La2Os2AlB2

Daniel E. Bugaris, Fei Han, Jino Im, Duck Young Chung, Arthur J Freeman, Mercouri Kanatzidis*

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Single crystals of two novel quaternary metal borides, LaOs2Al2B and La2Os2AlB2, have been grown from La/Ni eutectic fluxes. LaOs2Al2B crystallizes in tetragonal space group P4/mmm with the CeCr2Si2C-type structure, and lattice parameters a = 4.2075(6) Å and c = 5.634(1) Å. La2Os2AlB2 exhibits a new crystal structure in monoclinic space group C2/c with lattice parameters a = 16.629(3) Å, b = 6.048(1) Å, c = 10.393(2) Å, and β = 113.96(3)°. Both structures are three-dimensional frameworks with unusual coordination (for solid-state compounds) of the boron atoms by transition metal atoms. The boron atom is square planar in LaOs2Al2B, whereas it exhibits linear and T-shaped geometries in La2Os2AlB2. Electrical resistivity measurements reveal poor metal behavior (ρ300 K ∼ 900 μΩ cm) for La2Os2AlB2, consistent with the electronic band structure calculations, which also predict a metallic character for LaOs2Al2B. (Figure Presented)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8049-8057
Number of pages9
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 17 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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