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Crystal-field theory validity through local (and bulk) compressibilities in CoF2 and KCoF3

Abstract: Crystal field theory (CFT) predicts that crystal field acting on an transition-metal (TM) ion complex of cubic symmetry varies as R?5, where R is the TM-ligand distance. Yet simple and old-fashioned, CFT is used extensively since it provides excellent results in most TM ion-bearing systems, although no direct and thorough validation has been provided so far. Here we investigate the evolution of the electronic and crystal structures of two archetypal Co2+ compounds by optical absorption and X-ray diffraction under high pressure. Both the electronic excited states and crystal-field splitting, ? = 10Dq, between 3d(eg + t2g) orbitals of Co2+ as a function of volume, V, and Co?F bond length, R, in 6-fold octahedral (oct) and 8-fold hexahedral (cub) coordination in compressed CoF2 have been analyzed. We demonstrated that ? scales with R in both coordinations as R?n, with n close to 5 in agreement with CFT predictions. The pressure-induced rutile to fluorite structural phase transition at 15 GPa in CoF2 is associated with an increase of R due to the 6 ? 8 coordination change. The experimental ?(oct)/ ?(cub) = ?1.10 for the same R-values is close to ?9/8, in agreement with CFT. A similar R-dependence is observed in KCoF3 in which the CoF6 Oh coordination is maintained in the 0?80 GPa pressure range.

 Autoría: Barreda-Argüeso J.A., Aguado F., González J., Valiente R., Nataf L., Sanz-Ortiz M.N., Rodríguez F.,

 Fuente: Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2016, 120(33), 18788-18793

 Editorial: American Chemical Society

 Año de publicación: 2016

 Nº de páginas: 6

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b06132

 ISSN: 1932-7447,1932-7455

 Proyecto español: MAT2015-69508-P

 Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b06132