Penta- and hexa-coordinated beryllium and phosphorus in high-pressure modifications of CaBePO.

Author(s) Pakhomova, A.; Aprilis, G.; Bykov, M.; Gorelova, L.; Krivovichev, S.S.; Belov, M.P.; Abrikosov, I.A.; Dubrovinsky, L.
Journal Nat Commun
Date Published 2019 Jun 26

Beryllium oxides have been extensively studied due to their unique chemical properties and important technological applications. Typically, in inorganic compounds beryllium is tetrahedrally coordinated by oxygen atoms. Herein based on results of in situ single crystal X-ray diffraction studies and ab initio calculations we report on the high-pressure behavior of CaBePO, to the best of our knowledge the first compound showing a step-wise transition of Be coordination from tetrahedral (4) to octahedral (6) through trigonal bipyramidal (5). It is remarkable that the same transformation route is observed for phosphorus. Our theoretical analysis suggests that the sequence of structural transitions of CaBePO is associated with the electronic transformation from predominantly molecular orbitals at low pressure to the state with overlapping electronic clouds of anions orbitals.

DOI 10.1038/s41467-019-10589-z
ISSN 2041-1723
Citation Nat Commun. 2019;10(1):2800.

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