Stabilization of 9/10-fold structure in bismuth selenide at high pressures

Guangtao Liu, Li Zhu, Yanmei Ma, Chuanlong Lin, Jing Liu, Yanming Ma

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We report joint theoretical and experimental research on the high-pressure structures of bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) up to 50 GPa. Our first-principles structure prediction via calypso methodology meets our high-pressure X-ray diffraction experiments performed in diamond anvil cell. We established that the ambient-pressure rhombohedral phase transforms to a monoclinic C2/m structure at 9.8 GPa, and then to a monoclinic C2/c structure at 12.4 GPa. Above 22.1 GPa, we were able to identify that Bi2Se 3 develops into a novel 9/10-fold structure, which was not taken by its other family members Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te 3. The large differences in atomic core and electronegativity of Bi and Se are suggested to be the physical origin of the stabilization of this 9/10-fold structure. Our research work allows us to reveal a rich chemistry of Bi in the formation of 6, 7, 8, and 9/10-fold covalent bond with Se at elevated pressures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10045-10050
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number19
StatePublished - May 16 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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