Synthesis and characterization of Na0.3RhO2·0. 6H2O - A semiconductor with a weak ferromagnetic component

S. Park, K. Kang, W. Si, W. S. Yoon, Y. Lee, A. R. Moodenbaugh, L. H. Lewis, T. Vogt

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We have prepared the oxyhydrate Na0.3RhO2·0. 6H2O by extracting Na+ cations from NaRhO2 and intercalating water molecules using an aqueous solution of Na2S 2O8. Rietveld refinement, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and energy-dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) reveal that a non-stoichiometric Na0.3(H2O)0.6 network separates layers of edge-sharing RhO6 octahedra containing Rh 3+(4d6, S=0) and Rh4+ (4d5, S=1/2). The resistivities of NaRhO2 and Na0.3RhO 2·0.6H2O (T<300) reveal insulating and semi-conducting behavior with activation gaps of 134 and 7.8 meV, respectively. Both Na0.3RhO2·0.6H2O and NaRhO 2 show paramagnetism at room temperature, however, the sodium-deficient sample exhibits simultaneously a weak but experimentally reproducible ferromagnetic component. Both samples exhibit a temperature-independent Pauli paramagnetism, for NaRhO2 at T>50 K and for Na0.3RhO2·0.6H2O at T>25 K. The relative magnitudes of the temperature-independent magnetic susceptibilities, that of the oxide sample being half that of the oxyhydrate, is consistent with a higher density of thermally accessible electron states at the Fermi level in the hydrated sample. At low temperatures the magnetic moments rise sharply, providing evidence of localized and weakly-ordered electronic spins with effective moment per formula unit values of 2.0×10-1 μB for NaRhO2 and 0.8×10-1 μB for Na0.3RhO2·0.6H2O.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-56
Number of pages6
JournalSolid State Communications
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jul 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry

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