Positional flexibility: Syntheses and characterization of six uranium chalcogenides related to the 2H hexagonal perovskite family

Adel Mesbah, Jai Prakash, Jessica C. Beard, Eric A. Pozzi, Mariya S. Tarasenko, Sébastien Lebègue, Christos D Malliakas, Richard P Van Duyne, James A Ibers*

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Six new uranium chalcogenides, Ba4USe6, Ba3FeUSe6, Ba3MnUSe6, Ba3MnUS6, Ba3.3Rb0.7US6, and Ba3.2K0.8US6, related to the 2H hexagonal perovskite family have been synthesized by solid-state methods at 1173 K. These isostructural compounds crystallize in the K4CdCl6 structure type in space group D3d6-R3¯c of the trigonal system with six formula units per cell. This structure type is remarkably flexible. The structures of Ba3FeUSe6, Ba3MnUSe6, and Ba3MnUS6 consist of infinite ∞1[MUQ66-] chains (M = Fe or Mn; Q = S or Se) oriented along the c axis that are separated by Ba atoms. These chains are composed of alternating M-centered octahedra and U-centered trigonal prisms sharing triangular faces; in contrast, in the structures of Ba4USe6, Ba3.3Rb0.7US6, and Ba3.2K0.8US6, there are U-centered octahedra alternating with Ba-, Rb-, or K-centered trigonal prisms. Moreover, the Ba4USe6, Ba3FeUSe6, Ba3MnUSe6, and Ba3MnUS6 compounds contain U4+, whereas Ba3.3Rb0.7US6 and Ba3.2K0.8US6 are mixed U4+/5+ compounds. Resistivity and μ-Raman spectroscopic measurements and DFT calculations provide additional insight into these interesting subtle structural variations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2851-2857
Number of pages7
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 16 2015


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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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