A synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction study of the skutterudite-related phases AB1.5Te1.5 (A = Co, Rh, Ir; B = Ge, Sn)

Paz Vaqueiro, Gerard G. Sobany, Anthony V. Powell

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Abstract

X-Ray resonant scattering has been exploited to investigate the crystal structure of the AB1.5Te1.5 phases (A = Co, Rh, Ir; B = Ge, Sn). Analysis of the diffraction data reveals that CoGe1.5Te 1.5 and ASn1.5Te1.5 adopt a rhombohedral skutterudite-related structure, containing diamond-shape B2Te 2 rings, in which the B and Te atoms are ordered and trans to each other. Anion ordering is however incomplete, and with increasing the size of both cations and anions, the degree of anion ordering decreases. By contrast, the diffraction data of IrGe1.5Te1.5 are consistent with an almost statistical distribution of the anions over the available sites, although some ordered domains may be present. The thermoelectric properties of these materials are discussed in light of these results. © 2010 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1020-1026
Number of pages7
JournalDalton Transactions
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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