High-Pressure X-ray Diffraction and DFT Studies on Spinel FeV2O4

Josu Sánchez-Martín, Robin Turnbull, Akun Liang, Daniel Díaz-Anichtchenko, Saqib Rahman, Hajra Saqib, Mujtaba Ikram, Catalin Popescu, Plácida Rodríguez-Hernández, Alfonso Muñoz, Julio Pellicer-Porres, Daniel Errandonea
2022 Crystals  
We have studied the behaviour of the cubic spinel structure of FeV2O4 under high-pressure by means of powder X-ray diffraction measurements and density-functional theory calculations. The sample was characterized at ambient conditions by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction experiments. One of the main findings of this work is that spinel FeV2O4 exhibits pressure-induced chemical decomposition into V2O3 and FeO around 12 GPa. Upon pressure release, the
more » ... pressure-induced chemical decomposition appears to be partially reversible. Additionally, in combination with density-functional theory calculations, we have calculated the pressure dependence of the unit-cell volumes of both the spinel and orthorhombic FeV2O4 crystal structures, whose bulk moduli are B0 = 123(9) and 154(2) GPa, respectively, finding the spinel FeV2O4 to exhibit the lowest bulk modulus amongst the spinel oxides. From experimental results, the same information is herein obtained for the cubic structure only. The Raman modes and elastic constants of spinel FeV2O4 have also obtained the ambient conditions.
doi:10.3390/cryst13010053 fatcat:zmthuhwa2nafzivjrtz7gegp3m