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Structure and phase transitions of SnP2O7

Gover, R.K.B.; Withers, N.D.; Allen, S.; Withers, R.L.; Evans, J.S.O.


R.K.B. Gover

N.D. Withers

S. Allen

R.L. Withers


SnP2O7 is a member of the ZrP2O7 family of materials, several of which show unusual thermal expansion behavior over certain temperature ranges and which show a number of displacive phase transitions on cooling from high temperature. Here we describe the structural properties of SnP2O7 from 100 to 1243K as determined by X-ray and neutron powder diffraction. These studies reveal that SnP2O7 shows two phase transitions in this temperature range. At room temperature the material has a pseudo-cubic 3 X 3 X 3 superstructure. Electron diffraction studies show that the symmetry of this structure is P2(1)3 or lower. On warming to similar to 560 K it undergoes a phase transition to a structure in which the subcell reflections show a triclinic distortion; above 830 K the subcell reflections show a rhombohedral distortion. Significant hysteresis in cell parameters is observed between heating and cooling. The structure of SnP2O7 is discussed with references to other members of the AM(2)O(7) family of materials. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science (USA).


Gover, R., Withers, N., Allen, S., Withers, R., & Evans, J. (2002). Structure and phase transitions of SnP2O7. Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 166(1), 42-48

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2002-06
Journal Journal of Solid State Chemistry
Print ISSN 0022-4596
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 166
Issue 1
Pages 42-48