Complex structural ordering of the oxygen deficiency in La_-0.5 Ca_2.5Mn_2O_7-delta Ruddlesden-Popper phases



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González Merchante, Daniel and Cortés Gil, Raquel and Alonso Rodríguez, José María and Matesanz Sáez, Emilio and Rivera Calzada, Alberto Carlos and Santamaría Sánchez-Barriga, Jacobo and Ruiz González, María Luisa and González Calbet, José María (2019) Complex structural ordering of the oxygen deficiency in La_-0.5 Ca_2.5Mn_2O_7-delta Ruddlesden-Popper phases. Acta crystallographica a-foundation and advances, 75 . pp. 644-651. ISSN 2053-2733

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Ruddlesden-Popper oxides, (AO)(ABO_3))_n, occupy a prominent place in the landscape of materials research because of their intriguing potential applications. Compositional modifications to the cation sublattices, A or B, have been explored in order to achieve enhanced functionalities. However, changes to the anionic sublattice have been much less explored. In this work, new oxygen-deficient manganese Ruddlesden-Popper-related phases, La_0.5Ca_2.5Mn_2O_6.5, and La_0.5Ca_2.5Mn_2O_6.25, have been synthesized by controlled reduction of the fully oxidized n = 2 term La_0.5Ca_2.5Mn_2O_7. A complete structural and compositional characterization, by means of neutron diffraction, electron diffraction and atomically resolved scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy techniques, allows the proposition of a topotactic reduction pathway through preferential oxygen removal in the [MnO_2] layers along [031] and [013] directions. The gradual decrease of the Mn oxidation state, accommodated by short-range ordering of anionic vacancies, reasonably explains the breaking of ferromagnetic interactions reinforcing the emergence of antiferromagnetic ones. Additional short-range order-disorder phenomena of La and Ca cations have been detected in the reduced La_0.5Ca_2.5Mn_2º_7-delta, as previously reported in the parent compound.

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©2019 International Union of Crystallography
This work was supported by the Spanish Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology and the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through Research Projects CSD2009-00013, TSI-020100-2011-280, MAT2011-23068, MAT2012-37109-C02-01 and MAT2014-52405-C02-01, and by the Madrid Regional Program through grant CAM S2013/MIT-2740.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Magnetic-properties; Manganese oxides; Magnetoresistance; Perovskites; Separation; Manganese Ruddlesden-Popper-related phases; Oxygen vacancies; Atomic resolution
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Materials
Sciences > Physics > Solid state physics
ID Code:57215
Deposited On:04 Oct 2019 14:41
Last Modified:07 Oct 2019 07:33

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