Prediction and Synthesis of Dysprosium Hydride Phases at High Pressure

Nilesh P. Salke, M. Mahdi Davari Esfahani, N. Yedukondalu, Youjun Zhang, Ivan A. Kruglov, Jianshi Zhou, Eran Greenberg, Vitali B. Prakapenka, Jin Liu, Artem R. Oganov, Jung Fu Lin

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Abstract

Crystal structure prediction (CSP) methods recently proposed a series of new rare-earth (RE) hydrides at high pressures with novel crystal structures, unusual stoichiometries, and intriguing features such as high-Tc superconductivity. RE trihydrides (REH3) generally undergo a phase transition from ambient P63/mmc or P3¯ c1 to Fm3¯ m at high pressure. This cubic REH3 (Fm3¯ m) was considered to be a precursor to further synthesize RE polyhydrides such as YH4, YH6, YH9, and CeH9 with higher hydrogen contents at higher pressures. However, the structural stability and equation of state (EOS) of any of the REH3 have not been fully investigated at sufficiently high pressures. This work presents high-pressure X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements in a laser-heated diamond anvil cell up to 100 GPa and ab initio evolutionary CSP of stable phases of DyH3 up to 220 GPa. Experiments observed the Fm3¯ m phase of DyH3 to be stable at pressures from 17 to 100 GPa and temperatures up to ∼2000 K. After complete decompression, the P3¯ c1 and Fm3¯ m phases of DyH3 recovered under ambient conditions. Our calculations predicted a series of phases for DyH3 at high pressures with the structural phase transition sequence P3¯ c1 → Imm2 → Fm3¯ m → Pnma → P63/mmc at 11, 35, 135, and 194 GPa, respectively. The predicted P3¯ c1 and Fm3¯ m phases are consistent with experimental observations. Furthermore, electronic band structure calculations were carried out for the predicted phases of DyH3, including the 4f states, within the DFT+U approach. The inclusion of 4f states shows significant changes in electronic properties, as more Dy d states cross the Fermi level and overlap with H 1s states. The structural phase transition from P3¯ c1 to Fm3¯ m observed in DyH3 is systematically compared with other REH3 compounds at high pressures. The phase transition pressure in REH3 shows an inverse relation with the ionic radius of RE atoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5303-5312
Number of pages10
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Volume59
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2020

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