Anomalous thermal expansion behaviour of Ln2Mo4O15 (Ln= Y,Dy,Ho,Tm)

Sebastian, L. ; Sumithra, S. ; Manjanna, J. ; Umarji, A. M. ; Gopalakrishnan, J. (2003) Anomalous thermal expansion behaviour of Ln2Mo4O15 (Ln= Y,Dy,Ho,Tm) Materials Science and Engineering B, 103 (3). pp. 289-296. ISSN 0921-5107

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Based on a consideration of the crystal structures of well-known negative thermal expansion (NTE) materials, ZrV2O7 and ZrW2O8, we have identified a new series of tetramolybdates, Ln2Mo4O15 (Ln = Y, Dy, Ho, Tm), that exhibit an anomalous thermal expansion behaviour. Unlike ZrW2O8 and ZrV2O7 which are cubic, the tetramolybdates are monoclinic (space group P21/c). Nevertheless, the framework is similar to ZrV2O7/ZrW2O8 consisting of MoO4 tetrahedra that are weakly connected to Mo2O7 anions, which bind the Ln in a seven-fold anion coordination. An exploratory investigation of these materials using dilatometry, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and high-temperature powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) (Dy2Mo4O15) reveals a negative or low thermal expansion in the 30-200°C temperature range. Since there are no major structural changes in the high-temperature XRD and there is no first-order phase transition in DSC in the 30-500°C range, we believe the mechanism of anomalous thermal expansion in these molybdates likely involves second-order structural changes of the molybdate oxygens, in a manner similar to the second-order changes found in ZrW2O8. Further detailed structural studies are essential to unravel the mechanism of anomalous thermal expansion behaviour of these molybdates.

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Keywords:Negative Thermal Expansion; Tetramolybdates; Ln2Mo4O15; Second-order Phase Transition
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