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3rd Edition of International Conference on Advanced Spectroscopy, Crystallography and Applications in Modern Chemistry
June 04-05, 2018 London, UK

Aroa Moran-Ruiz, Aritza Wain-Martin, Alodia Orera, Maria Luisa Sanjuan, Aitor Larranaga, Peter R. Slater and Maribel Arriortua

University of the Basque Country, Spain

ScientificTracks Abstracts: Struct Chem Crystallogr Commun

DOI: 10.21767/2470-9905-C1-005


The structural properties of the Ln4Al2O9 (Ln=rare-earth) type phases have attracted attention because of their ionic conductivity and thermal stability [1-3]. Minerals belonging to the cuspidine group have the following general stoichiometry: M4(Si2O7)X2 (M= divalent cation; X= OH, F, O), with Ca4(Si2O7) (OH,F)2 being the archetype compound. The cuspidine structure can be described as built up of chains of edge-sharing MO7/ MO8 polyhedra running parallel to the a-axis (in the P21/c space group) with tetrahedral disilicate groups, Si2O7, interconnecting these ribbons through the vertexes [3]. In more recent years the preparation and characterization of inorganic oxide fluorides has attracted significant interest [4]. Given the recent studies on oxide ion/proton conductivity in La4(Ga2-xTixO7+x/2)O2, illustrating the ability of the cuspidine structure to accommodate extra anions [5], we have investigated the possible incorporation of fluorine into Ln4Al2O9 to give Ln4Al2O9-xF2x (Ln= Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb) (0≤x≤1). We report here on the results of the fluorination of a range of cuspidine-related phases of composition Ln4Al2O9 (Ln=Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb). The introduction of fluorine (2F- replace 1O2-) is achieved through a low-temperature (400ºC) reaction with poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) or poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE). We investigate the effects of fluorination on the starting structure by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The thermal stability of these samples before and after fluorination was evaluated in air. The starting materials Ln4Al2O9 (Ln=Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb) showed a monoclinic crystal structure with space group of P21/c (Figure 1), as was expected. The XRD patterns show that fluorination induces a shift in peak position to lower angles corresponding to an increase in unit cell sizes as the total anion content increases. The characterization of these new systems will be reported.Recent Publications 1. Ghosh S (2015) Thermal barrier ceramic coatings-a review, in: A.M.A. Mohamed (Ed.), Advanced ceramic processing, InTech. 2. Zhou X, Xu Z, Fan X, Zhao S, Cao X, He L (2014) Y4Al2O9 ceramics as a novel thermal barrier coating material for high-temperature applications. Materials Letter 134:146-148. 3. Martín-Sedeño MC, Marrero-López D, Losilla ER, Bruque S, Núñez P, Aranda MAG (2006) Stability and oxide ion conductivity in rare-earth aluminium cuspidines. Journal of Solid State Chemistry 179:3445-3455.
4. Clemens O, Slater PR (2013) Topochemical modifications of mixed metal oxide compounds by low-temperature fluorination routes. Reviews in Inorganic Chemistry 33:105-117. 5. Martin-Sedeno MC, Marrero-Lopez D, Losilla ER, Leon-Reina L, Bruque S, Nunez P, Aranda MAG (2005) Structural and electrical investigations of oxide ion and proton conducting titanium cupsidines. Chemistry of Materials 17:5989-5998.


Aroa Moran-Ruiz studied Chemistry at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) (2004-2009). She has completed a master´s in Forensic Analysis at UPV/EHU (2009-2010). In 2010 she joined to the research group of Prof. Maribel Arriortua at UPV/EHU. In 2012 Aroa was granted with a PhD fellowship by the University of the Basque Country. She was a 3 month PhD visiting student at the University of Birmingham (UK) under the supervision of Prof. Peter Slater. On June 2015 she finished his PhD studies (Inorganic Chemistry) at the UPV/EHU. Aroa is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher funded by the University of the Basque Country. She is working in several topics such as synthesis and characterization of rare earth oxides. She is habitual user of X-ray powder diffractometer. Aroa has experience in Synchrotron X-ray measurements and, structural analysis by Rietveld refinement. She has knowledge of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. Email:[email protected]

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