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9 juillet 2013

Synthesis and Structure Determination of CaSi1/3B2/3O8/3  : A New Calcium Borosilicate

This article reports on the identification, synthesis, and in-situ structure determination of a new crystalline calcium borosilicate compound of composition CaSi1/3B2/3O8/3. Synthesis was carried out by complete crystallization on annealing from a corresponding glassy composition in the widely studied CaO–SiO2–B2O3 ternary system. The crystallographic structure was determined ab initio using electron diffraction information and the charge flipping algorithm performed on synchrotron and neutron powder diffraction data collected in situ at high temperature. CaSi1/3B2/3O8/3 is found to crystallize in the Pna21 (no. 33) orthorhombic space group, with a = 12.1025(4) Å, b = 5.2676(1) Å, c = 3.7132(1) Å, and V = 236.71(1) Å3 at 650 °C. Solid-state 29Si and 11B NMR experiments have confirmed the existence of finite chains along the c axis, formed by corner-sharing SiO4 tetrahedra and BO3 units. Silicon and boron species share a crystallographic site, and the Si/B distribution induces different possible arrangements of the chains which are discussed in light of DFT calculations. At room temperature, the existence of a superstructure, resulting from the ordering within nanoscale domains, was explored by transmission electron microscopy.

Emmanuel Véron, Mounesha N. Garaga, Denis Pelloquin, Sylvian Cadars, Matthew Suchomel, Emmanuelle Suard, Dominique Massiot, Valérie Montouillout, Guy Matzen and Mathieu Allix .

Inorg. Chem., 2013, 52 (8), pp 4250–4258