Crystal field studies of Ni2+ in α-Zn3(VO4)2

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  • Mat. Res. Bull. Vol. 3, pp. 585-594, 1968. Pergamon Press, Inc. Printed in the United States.

    CRYSTAL FIELD STUDIES OF Ni 2+ IN e-Zn3(V0a) ~

    D. K. Nath and F. A. Hummel ,~- Ceramic Science Section

    Materials Science Department The Pennsylvania State University

    University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

    (Received May 13~ 1968: Refereed)

    ABSTRACT Complete solid solubil ity was found in the system

    Ni3(VOs)2-a-Zn3(V0a) 2. Optical spectra of Ni 2+ dooed

    ~-Zn3(V04) samples were discussed in the light of

    crystal field theory. The calculated and theoretical frequencies were in good agreement for' octahedra! symmetry in the zinc sites. The crystal field parameter Dq was consistant with the ionic approximation rule. The Nephelauxetic ratio showed good resemblance with the cation-anion distance.

    Introduction

    Brown and Hummel (i) reported three polymorphic modif icstion

    of zinc orthovanadate.

    95o _zns(v0a) 2 2 : -Zn3 (V0a) 2

    Dur i f , Ber taut and Pauthenet (2) found that o r thovanadates o f the

    type M 32+(V05)2 where M 2+ = Hn 2+, Co 2+, Ni 2+ and Mg 2+ were

    i somorphous w i th ~-Zn3(V0&) 2. The s t ruc ture determinat ion 18 revea led or thorhombic symmetry w i th the space group D2h- ibam.

    *The writers are Research Associate and Professor and Chairman of the Ceramic Science Section of the Materials Science Department, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa. 16802. Contribution Number 67-23 from the College of Earth and Hinora! Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, 16802.

    585

  • 586 CRYSTAL F IELD STUDIES Vol. 3, No. 7

    X-ray investigations revealed that the zinc and vanadium atoms

    occupy octahedral and tetrahedral positions respectively.

    In the present investigation, the mutual solid solubil ity

    of Ni 2+ in a-Zn3(V04) 2 and the respective site symmetry at the

    substitution centers were determined by x-ray powder diffraction

    and absorption spectra.

    Experimental

    The raw materials consisted of chemically pure NiC03, ZnO

    and V20 ~. The samples were wet mixed in acetone, heated to 550C

    for 24 hours, remixed in acetone and finally heated to 750C for

    48 hours.

    The phase identif ication was done by the petrographic

    microscope and a Norelco x-ray diffraetometer. The x-ray powder

    diffraction data were obtained by using Ni-f i ltered CuK~-radiation.

    A scanning rate of 2 (2~)/min. was maintained for routine x-ray

    diffraction analysis. For precise d-value measurements a silicon

    external standard and a scanning rate of 1/8 (2~)/min. were

    employed.

    The absorption spectra were recorded by a Beckman DK-2 type

    apparatus equipped with reflectance attachment. Since the samples

    were in the form of powders, a diffuse reflectance technique was

    employed in order to identify the structural characteristics of

    the transmission method, but no quantitative resolution of

    osci l lator strength or extinction coefficient could be made.

    Results and Discussion

    X-ray Investigation

    The results show complete solid solubil ity between Ni3(V04) 2

    and ~-Zn3(V04) 2. The variations of d-spacings as a function of

    composit ion are given in Figure i. In the solid solution series,

    ~-Zn3(VO%) 2 showed a continuous decrease of d-values with

    increasing proportion of Ni 2+. Comparing the ionic sizes of Ni 2+ o o

    (0.69 A) with that of Zn 2+ (0.7% A), a decrease in cell parameter

    of ~-Zn3(V0%) 2 seems to be logical.

    The plot of d-values against compositions for nickel incor-

    porated samples showed a slight positive deviation from Vegard's

    law. Spectrophotometric Investigation

    The absorption spectra for NixZn3_x(VOs) 2 samples (where

  • Vol. 3, No,. 7 CRYSTAL F IELD STUDIES 587

    x= 0.15, 2.0, 2.5) are given in Figure 2. The sharp absorpt ion

    peaks namely band (Vl) 7576 ~ 7813 cm -I and band (v 2) 12987 ~

    13514 cm -1 were observed in all the samples. Another absorpt ion

    region band (v3) could be observed near 22000 ~ 25000 cm -I The

    resolut ion of this peak posi t ion was not clear due to strong back-

    ground absorpt ion ar is ing out of tlhe charge transfer spectra of

    V 5+. Exper iments using samples di luted with Mg0 did not resolve

    the peak position. An extrapolat ion technique was employed to

    ascertain this band posi t ion precisely. 2~

    2..~

    2.,f:4 o~

    c 2.5,3

    252

    251

    I I I I, I I I I , I 2-E)O~ 90 80 70 60 ~ 40 30 20 I0 0

    ~a-Zn 3 (V04) 2 in (mole)

    FIG. i Plot of d-values as a funct ion of composit ion in the

    System Ni3(V04) 2 - c~-Zn3(V04) 2

    I,O

    0.8

    '" 0 .6 8

    "..7- 04 O. 0

    0.2

    - 3--rag ( F ) $Ti g.(F) 3Tig (P) I k I

    _ j ',,\ // v ,f

    /// ~ _ / ' - - / -x = 2 .5

    , I , I J I ~ I l I 2600 2200 1800 1400 I000 600 200

    Wave length m~

    FIG. 2 Absorpt ion spectra of NixZn3_xCVO 4_

    2

  • 588 CRYSTAL F IELD STUDIES Vol, 3, No. 7

    The work of Pappalardo, Wood and Linares (3) on the single

    crystals of NixMgl_xAl204 and NixZnl_x0 at 78 and 4.3K and of

    Schmitz-Dumont and Kasper (4) on nickel doped ilmenite show that

    the band near 4500 cm -I of [Ni2+] 4 does not interfere with the

    bands of [Ni2+] 6 and the band near 24600 cm -I of [Ni2+] 6 does not

    coincide with any band of [Ni2+] 4. Another characteristic diff-

    erence between spectra of [Ni2+] 4 and [Ni2+] 6 is exhibited by the

    relatively high intensities of the absorption bands of the former

    (5) (c.a. molar absorbance scale i-i00 for [Ni2+] 6 and ~ 200 for

    [Ni2+] 4 in the visible range). Furthermore the positions of the

    absorption maxima of octahedral Ni 2+ are shifted towards the UV

    region of the spectrum.

    A~ analysis of the calculated and observed frequencies and

    the band assignments are given in Table I showed exclusively the

    presence of octahedral Ni 2+. The complete energy level diagram

    as developed by Berkes and White (6) from exact solutions of the

    Tanabe-Sugano equations is reproduced in Figure 3. Actually

    because of weak spin-orbit coupling, the spin-forbidden transitions

    could not be observed in the present case, resulting in the trans-

    ition of the 3A2g (F) ground state to the three triplet excited

    states 3T2g (F), 3Tlg(F) and 3Tlg (P) only.

    50,O(

    40,0c

    30,0C A

    'E u

    c_

    h, 20,0(

    F IQ. 3

    Energy level diagram of Ni 2+ as a function

    of octahedral field

    strength Dq. Dq. of

    Ni0.15Zn2.85(V04)2 = -i 770 cm

    I O,OC

    0 - IOOO - 2OOO Dq in cm- J

    _ 300~A2g ( F )

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    8

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  • 590 CRYSTAL F IELD STUDIES Vol . 3, No . 7

    Assuming a weak field model, the energy separat ion of the

    di f ferent levels wil l be dependent on the crystal f ield strength

    Dq and Racah parameter B. These paramet