Structural distortions of the metal dichalcogenide units in AMo2S4 (A = V, Cr, Fe, Co) and magnetic and electrical properties

Paz Vaqueiro, M. Laura Kosidowski, Anthony V. Powell

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Powder neutron diffraction data collected for AMo2S4 (A = V, Cr, Fe, Co) reveal that the materials crystallize in the space group Cc (a ˜ 11.8 Å, b ˜ 6.5 Å, c ˜ 13 Å, ß ˜ 114°). The structure consists of dichalcogenide (MS2) layers of edge-sharing octahedra, separated by a layer in which 50% of cation sites are occupied in an ordered fashion. Cations in the MS2 unit are distorted from an ideal hexagonal array. For the early transition series cations A = Cr, V, the distortion involves the formation of triangular clusters of cations, whereas for A = Fe, Co diamond-shape cation clusters are observed. The semiconducting properties of these materials are discussed in light of these results. Both FeMo2S4 and CoMo2S4 order antiferromagnetically with TN = 110 and <300 K, respectively. Low-temperature powder neutron diffraction data demonstrate that both materials have a similar magnetic structure and that the ordered magnetic moments (µ(Fe) = 3.16(3)µBµ(Co) = 2.14(3)µB) are confined to the A cations in the vacancy layer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1201-1209
Number of pages9
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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