Structural studies of magnesium nitride fluorides by powder neutron diffraction

Michael A. Brogan, Robert W. Hughes, Ronald I. Smith, Duncan H. Gregory

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Samples of ternary nitride fluorides, Mg 3NF 3 and Mg 2NF have been prepared by solid state reaction of Mg 3N 2 and MgF 2 at 13231423 K and investigated by powder X-ray and powder neutron diffraction techniques. Mg 3NF 3 is cubic (space group: Pm3m) and has a structure related to rock-salt MgO, but with one cation site vacant. Mg 2NF is tetragonal (space group: I4 1/amd) and has an anti-LiFeO 2 related structure. Both compounds are essentially ionic and form structures in which nitride and fluoride anions are crystallographically ordered. The nitride fluorides show temperature independent paramagnetic behaviour between 5 and 300 K.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-218
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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