A novel 6H-type hexagonal perovskite Ba3(Cr0.97(1)Te0.03(1))2TeO9 was prepared at high pressure (6 GPa) and temperature (1773 K). Both transmission electron microscopy and synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction data demonstrate that Ba3(Cr0.97(1)Te0.03(1))2TeO9 crystallizes in P63/mmc with face-shared (Cr0.97(1)Te0.03(1))O6 octahedral pairs interconnected with TeO6 octahedra via corner-sharing. Structure analysis shows a mixed Cr2+/Cr3+ valence state with ∼10% Cr2+. The existence of Cr2+ in Ba3(Cr2+0.10(1)Cr3+0.87(1)Te6+0.03)2TeO9 is further evidenced by X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy. Magnetic properties measurements show a paramagnetic response down to 4 K and a small glassy-state curvature at low temperature. In this work, the octahedral Cr2+O6 component is stabilized in an oxide material for the first time; the expected Jahn-Teller distortion of high-spin (d4) Cr2+ is not found, which is attributed to the small proportion of Cr2+ (∼10%) and the face-sharing arrangement of CrO6 octahedral pairs, which structurally disfavor axial distortion.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry