Predicting the ground-state structure of sodium boride

Xin Ling He, Xiao Dong, Quansheng Wu, Zhisheng Zhao, Qiang Zhu, Artem R. Oganov, Yongjun Tian, Dongli Yu, Xiang Feng Zhou, Hui Tian Wang

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Binary borides has been a subject of extensive research. However, the exact compositions and crystal structures of sodium borides remained controversial. Here, using the ab initio variable-composition evolutionary algorithm, a new stable Na2B30 with I212121 symmetry (I212121-Na2B30) is found, which is -7.38meV/atom lower in energy than the Imma-Na2B30 structure reported by experimentalists. Interestingly, the Imma-Na2B30 structure is predicted to be a topological nodal line semimetal, which may result in superior electronic transport. In contrast, I212121-Na2B30 is an ultrahard semiconductor with an unprecedented open-framework structure, whose interstitial helical boron sublattice enhances its hardness and energetic stability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100102
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2018


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