Exploring isotropic negative thermal expansion (NTE) compounds is interesting, but remains challenging. Here, a new concept of "average atomic volume" is proposed to find new NTE open-framework materials. According to this guidance, two NTE compounds, AgB(CN)4 and CuB(CN)4, have been discovered, of which AgB(CN)4 exhibits a large NTE over a wide temperature range (αv =-40 × 10-6 K-1, 100-600 K). The analysis by extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy and first-principles calculation indicate that (i) the NTE driving force comes from the transverse vibrations of bridge chain atoms of C and N, corresponding to the low-frequency phonon modes; and (ii) the same transverse vibration direction of C and N atoms is a key factor for the occurrence of strong NTE in AgB(CN)4. The present concept of "average atomic volume" can be a simple parameter to explore new NTE compounds especially in those open-framework materials.

Discovering Large Isotropic Negative Thermal Expansion in Framework Compound AgB(CN)4 via the Concept of Average Atomic Volume

Sanson A.;
2020

Abstract

Exploring isotropic negative thermal expansion (NTE) compounds is interesting, but remains challenging. Here, a new concept of "average atomic volume" is proposed to find new NTE open-framework materials. According to this guidance, two NTE compounds, AgB(CN)4 and CuB(CN)4, have been discovered, of which AgB(CN)4 exhibits a large NTE over a wide temperature range (αv =-40 × 10-6 K-1, 100-600 K). The analysis by extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy and first-principles calculation indicate that (i) the NTE driving force comes from the transverse vibrations of bridge chain atoms of C and N, corresponding to the low-frequency phonon modes; and (ii) the same transverse vibration direction of C and N atoms is a key factor for the occurrence of strong NTE in AgB(CN)4. The present concept of "average atomic volume" can be a simple parameter to explore new NTE compounds especially in those open-framework materials.
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