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ISRN Ceramics
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 859385, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/859385
Research Article

Rapid Synthesis and Characterization of an Oxygen-Deficient Defect Perovskite L a 𝟒 B a C u 𝟓 O 𝟏 𝟑 + 𝜹 Phase

Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India

Received 10 June 2011; Accepted 18 July 2011

Academic Editors: O. Dymshits and A. Ravaglioli

Copyright © 2011 Chikkadasappa Shivakumara. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Oxygen-deficient defect perovskite L a 4 B a C u 5 O 1 3 + 𝛿 phase has been synthesized by the nitrate-citrate gel combustion method at 9 5 0 C for 2 h. Structural parameters were refined by the Rietveld refinement method using room-temperature powder XRD data. The L a 4 B a C u 5 O 1 3 + 𝛿 crystallizes in the tetragonal structure with space group P4/m (no. 83) and having the lattice parameters 𝑎 = 8 . 6 5 0 8 (1) Å and 𝑐 = 3 . 8 6 0 6 (2) Å, respectively. Oxygen content was determined by the iodometric titration. Low-temperature resistivity result reveals that L a 4 B a C u 5 O 1 3 + 𝛿 compound exhibit metallic behavior up to 15 K.

1. Introduction

The oxygen-deficient defect perovskite of the formula La4BaCu5O13+δ, first reported by Michel et al. [1] is tetragonal, space group P4/m, 𝑎 5 𝑎 𝑝 = 8 . 6 4 4  Å, 𝑐 𝑎 𝑝 = 3 . 8 6 7  Å, where 𝑎 𝑝 refers to a perovskite sub cell. The model structure [2] consists of groups of four corner-sharing CuO5 pyramids linked through CuO6 octahedra in such a way that each octahedron shares four corners with four pyramids and two corners with two other octahedra; each pyramid are connected to four other pyramids and one octahedron. The framework exhibits one perovskite-like tunnel and two hexagonal tunnels per cell. Ba2+ and La3+ are ordered, with 12-coordinate Ba2+ in perovskite tunnels and 10-coordinate La3+ in hexagonal tunnels [2, 3]. La4BaCu5O13+δ is unique, because it shows metallic behavior down to lowest possible temperature without undergoing superconducting transition. Mamiya et al. [4] measured the electrical resistivity of La4BaCu5O13 compound down to 39 mK without observing superconductivity, because of a three-dimensional network of CuO5 units. Substitution for the La-site by other rare earth ions in La4BaCu5O13+δ system has been performed by Vijayaraghavan et al. [5]. Oxygen stoichiometry in La4BaCu5O13+δ can be varied to induce a metal-insulator transition [6]. Defect perovskite phases with 𝛿 = 0 . 5 and −1.0 have been identified by Davies and Katzan [3] and also by Kato et al. [7]. We have synthesized La4BaCu5-xMxO13+δ (M = Ni, Co, 0 . 0 X 1 . 0 ; Fe, X 0 . 5 ) by low-temperature NaOH–KOH flux methods [8, 9]. Further, we have shown [10] an anisotropic electrical transport property in La4BaCu5O13.14 and La4BaCu4NiO13.20 epitaxial thin films: in the a-b plane, it is semiconducting, while along the c-direction, it is metallic. Anderson et al. [11] prepared La4BaCu5O13+δand La4BaCu5-xMxO13+δ (M = Ni, Co, Fe, Zn) by conventional solid state method at 1000°C for 48 h.

However, a wet chemical route such as nitrate-citrate gel combustion route can be excellent method for the synthesis of pure multicomponent oxides. Potential advantages of wet chemical route over the conventional solid state reaction method include better homogeneity, better compositional control, and lower processing temperatures [12]. In the present study, nitrate-citrate gel combustion method was employed to prepare oxygen deficient defect perovskite La4BaCu5O13.20 phase and report the structure and electrical properties.

2. Experimental

Stoichiometric amounts of high-purity precalcined La2O3 (at 800°C), Ba(NO3)2, and CuO were dissolved in 10 mL of HNO3 (8 N) and the required amount of citric acid solution was added. The resulting clear solution was slowly evaporated on a hot plate to dryness followed by calcined at elevated temperature to yield final product. A typical run included the following steps: La2O3 (1.3033 g), Ba(NO3)2 (0.5227 g), and CuO (0.7955 g) were dissolved in 10 mL of HNO3 (8 N), citric acid (6.1478 g) was dissolved in 100 mL of distilled water and added to the metal ions—containing nitrate solution. The clear green color solution was evaporated on hot plate ~80°C, to form a thick viscous gel. The resulting gel was heated until it turned into a black porous mass, which on continued heating on hot plate, slowly burned to yield black powder. The resulting powder was X-ray amorphous in nature. To obtain crystallinity, black powder was calcined at 950°C for 2 h. The calcined sample was characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) using PANalytical X’pert pro diffractometer with Cu Kα ( 𝜆 = 1 . 5 4 1 8  Å) radiation equipped with X’cellerator. For Rietveld refinement, data were collected at a scan rate of 1°/min. with a 0.02° step size for 2θ from 10° to 100°. The data were refined using the FullProf Suite-2000 version. Morphology and compositional analysis were carried out in a scanning electron microscope (SEM) fitted with an energy dispersive X-ray analyzer (EDX). Electrical resistivity measurement was carried out on sintered pellets (850°C, 12 h) by a four-probe method in the temperature range from 300 to 15 K.

2.1. Determination of Oxygen Content

Oxygen content was determined by iodometric titration [8]. Typically, about 50 mg of the compound was dissolved in 10 mL of HCl (6 N) containing about 1 g of solid KI. Liberated iodine was titrated against standard sodium thiosulphate (0.05 N) solution using starch as an indicator.

3. Results and Discussion

Figure 1, shows the typical powder X-ray diffraction patterns for (a) as formed and (b) calcined at 950°C for 2 h. As can be seen from the Figure 1(a), as formed compound is an amorphous in nature. All metal ions are homogeneous in the mixture and are an amorphous in nature. To obtain crystalline phase calcinations was done at different temperature from 600°C to 1000°C for a period of 2 h. The single crystalline oxygen-deficient defect perovskite, La4BaCu5O13+δ phase was obtained at 950°C for 2 h. Indexed powder X-ray diffraction pattern for La4BaCu5O13+δ compound is given in Figure 1(b). Oxygen content was determined by iodometric titration for the calcined sample, the wet chemical analysis results reveal that the average oxidation state of copper was found to be +2.48. The final formula of the compound was La4BaCu5O13.20. The structure of the La4BaCu5O13.20 compound was refined by powder X-ray Rietveld analysis. The compound crystallizes in the tetragonal structure with space group P4/m (no. 83) and having the lattice parameters 𝑎 = 8 . 6 5 0 8 ( 1 )  Å and 𝑐 = 3 . 8 6 0 6 ( 2 )  Å, respectively. Observed, calculated, and the difference X-ray diffraction patterns for La4BaCu5O13.20 compound is given in Figure 2, and there is good agreement between observed and calculated pattern. Rietveld refined structural parameters are summarized in Table 1. The refined structural parameters are agreed well with those reported in the literature [2, 8]. Crystal structure of La4BaCu5O13.20 compound was shown in Figure 3. The structure consists of groups of four corner-sharing CuO5 pyramids linked through CuO6 octahedra. Each octahedron shares four corners with four pyramids and two corners with two other octahedra; each pyramid is connected to four other pyramids and one octahedron. The framework exhibits one perovskite-like tunnel and two hexagonal tunnels per cell. Ba2+ and La3+ are ordered, with 12-coordinate Ba2+ in perovskite tunnels and 10-coordinate La3+ in hexagonal tunnels.

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Table 1: Rietveld refined structural parameters for La4BaCu5O13.20 compound.
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Figure 1: Powder X-ray diffraction patterns of La4BaCu5O13.20 compound (a) as prepared (before calcination) and (b) calcined at 950°C for 2 h.
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Figure 2: Observed, calculated and the difference Rietveld refined X-ray diffraction patterns of La4BaCu5O13.20 compound sintered at 850°C for 12 h.
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Figure 3: Crystal structure of La4BaCu5O13.20 compound.

The surface morphology and grain sizes of La4BaCu5O13.20 compound have been investigated by scanning electron microscopy. In Figure 4, shown the micrographs of La4BaCu5O13.20 phase (a) calcined powder for 2 h and (b) pellet sintered at 850°C for 12 h. From Figure 4(a), the powder sample shows voluminous and porous morphology. The porous nature of combustion derived calcined powder can be attributed to large amount of gases evolved during combustion reaction. On the other hand sintered pellet at 850°C shows growth in particle sizes and well-defined grain boundary (see Figure 4(b). The agglomerated particles sizes are in the range of 10–20 μm, the micrograph indicate that the sintered pellet shows densification and compactability compared to the calcined powder. Compositional analysis was verified by the energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX). The measurements were done on the spot mode and overall area of the sample, and EDX analysis on several spots revealed constancy of compositions.

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Figure 4: Scanning electron micrographs of La4BaCu5O13.20 compound (a) calcined powder for 2 h and (b) pellet sintered at 850°C for 12 h.

Four-probe electrical resistivity as a function of temperature measurement was performed on the pellet sintered at 850°C for 12 h. Resistivity as a function of temperature plot of La4BaCu5O13.20 compound is given in Figure 5. The compound shows a positive temperature coefficient of resistivity, typical of a metal down to 15 K, with the resistivity varying from 0.88 mΩcm at 300 K to 0.23 mΩcm at 15 K. The present resistivity value is comparable with those reported in the literature [8].

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Figure 5: Plot of electrical resistivity as a function of temperature for La4BaCu5O13.20 compound.

4. Conclusions

In conclusion, oxygen-deficient defect perovskite La4BaCu5O13.20 phase is successfully synthesized by the rapid nitrate-citrate gel combustion method. Crystal structure was confirmed by the Rietveld refinement method using room-temperature powder XRD data. The compound crystallizes in the tetragonal structure and exhibit metallic property.

Acknowledgment

The author thanks Department of Science and Technology, (DST-FIST), Government of India, New Delhi, for providing XRD facility to carry out this research work.

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