Cr3GeN: A Nitride with Orthorhombic Antiperovskite Structure

Andreas Reitz, Hanna Pazniak, Chen Shen, Harish K. Singh, K. Jayanthi, Niels Kubitza, Alexandra Navrotsky, Hongbin Zhang, Ulf Wiedwald, Christina S. Birkel

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In contrast to ternary oxides, the number of known ternary nitrides is an order of magnitude lower, which is partially the result of their less exothermic free energy of formation and the resulting lower thermodynamic stability. This challenges experimentalists to continuously explore the synthetic parameter space and push toward new nitride phases. Here, we demonstrate the synthesis of a hitherto unknown orthorhombic structure of Cr3GeN, which typically crystallizes in a tetragonal structure. As derived from density functional theory calculations, formation energies of both phases are similar, and orthorhombic Cr3GeN can be stabilized by choosing lower reaction temperatures. According to detailed thermodynamic analysis, the new compound is stable up to 500 °C and exhibits the same phase transitions as the tetragonal phase at higher temperatures. Magnetic characterization suggests antiferromagnetic order for both polymorphs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10304-10310
Number of pages7
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number23
StatePublished - Dec 13 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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