Publication Title

Inorganic Chemistry

Document Type

Article

Department or Program

Chemistry

Publication Date

2-14-2020

Abstract

Cation ordering in perovskite-derived phases can lead to a wealth of tunable physical properties. Ordering is typically driven by a large difference between the cation size and charge, but many Ruddlesden–Popper phases An+1BnO3n+1 appear to lack such B-site ordering, even when these differences are present. One such example is the “double” Ruddlesden–Popper n = 1 composition LaSr3NiRuO8. In this material, a lack of B-site ordering is observed through traditional crystallographic techniques, but antiferromagnetic ordering in the magnetism data suggests that B-site cation ordering is indeed present. Neutron total scattering, particularly analysis of the neutron pair distribution function, reveals that the structure is locally B-site-ordered below 6 Å but becomes slightly disordered in the midrange structure around 12 Å. This provides evidence for paracrystalline order in this material: cation ordering within a single perovskite sheet that lacks perfect registry within the three-dimensional stack of sheets. This work highlights the importance of employing a structural technique that can probe both the local and midrange order in addition to the crystallographic structure and provides a structural origin to the observed magnetic properties of LaSr3NiRuO8. Further, it is proposed that paracrystalline order is likely to be common among these layered-type oxides.

Comments

Original version is available from the publisher at: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b03382

Copyright Note

This is the author's version of the work. This publication appears in Bates College's institutional repository by permission of the copyright owner for personal use, not for redistribution.

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