A novel Europium (III) nitridoborate Eu3[B3N6]: Synthesis, crystal structure, magnetic properties ,and Raman spectra


A novel Europium (III) nitridoborate Eu3[B3N6]: Synthesis, crystal structure, magnetic properties ,and Raman spectra

Aydemir, U.; Kokal, I.; Prots, Y.; Förster, T.; Sichelschmidt, J.; Schappacher, F. M.; Pöttgen, R.; Ormeci, A.; Somer, M.

Abstract

A novel europium (III) nitridoborate, Eu3[B3N6], was successfully synthesized by oxidation of Eu3 II[BN2]2 with Br2 at 1073 K. The compound crystallizes in the trigonal space group R3c (No:167) with a=11.9370(4) Å, c=6.8073(4) Å, and Z=6. The crystal structure of Eu3[B3N6] consists of isolated, planar cyclic [B3N6]9- units which are charge-balanced by Eu3+ cations. The oxidation state of Eu was investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy, electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy, and quantum chemical calculations. The 151Eu Mössbauer spectroscopic measurement at 77 K reveals that the main signal at δ=0.93(7) mm/s is originating from trivalent Europium. Eu3[B3N6] showed no ESR signal in accordance with a non-magnetic (J=0) 7F0 ground state of the 4f6 configuration. Quantum chemical calculations find six electrons in the 4f subshell (4f6) of Eu indicating an oxidation state of +3. We present for the first time the vibrational spectra of a compound with cyclic trimer [B3N6]9- moieties. The Raman spectrum of Eu3[B3N6] is in good agreement with the predicted number of modes for the spectroscopically relevant cyclic [B3N6]9- group with D3h symmetry.

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