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In this work, high pressure was used as a tool to induce structural transition and prepare metastable polymorphs of ternary sulfides. Structural transformations under high pressure of compounds belonging to the Ba2Co1–xZnxS3 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1.0) series were studied using X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy. All members of the Ba2Co1–xZnxS3 series show the Ba2CoS3-type one-dimensional structure, but, after heating under pressure, the Ba2CoS3 compound (x = 0) separates into BaS and the two-dimensional BaCoS2−δ (δ ≈ 0), while Ba2Co1–xZnxS3 compounds with x ≥ 0.25 maintain their one-dimensional features but rearrange into polymorphs showing the Ba2MnS3-type structure. All structural transformations can be linked to shortening in interchain metal–metal distances caused by the high pressure, and the role of the zinc in preventing loss of one-dimensionality is discussed.
American Chemical Society
Publication date: 
2 Jan 2012

Francesco Mezzadri, Edmondo Gilioli, Gianluca Calestani, Andrea Migliori, Mark R Harrison, David A Headspith, M Grazia Francesconi

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Volume: 51 Issue: 1 Pages: 397-404
Inorganic chemistry