Crystal structure and anisotropic magnetic properties of CaCo4(TeO3)4Cl2

Karoline Stolze, Tai Kong, Fabian O. von Rohr, Robert J. Cava

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We report on the discovery and the magnetic properties of CaCo4(TeO3)4Cl2. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction shows that this compound crystallizes on a monoclinic lattice, in the space group C2/c with a = 19.869(1) Å b = 5.323(1) Å c = 16.965(1) Å and β = 125.091(1)°. The compound has a layered structure that additionally exhibits 1D structural motifs composed of staircase-like double chains of magnetic face- and corner-sharing [CoO5Cl] and [CoO6] octahedra, which are linked by Ca2+ ions and [TeO3]2 units. Temperature-dependent magnetic measurements reveal antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering with a Néel temperature of TN ≈ 11.5 K and an effective moment of μeff ≈ 5.2 μB/Co consistent with expectations for Co2+ high spin. The Curie-Weiss temperature θ ≈ –42.1 K indicates AFM interactions dominate between the magnetic moments. The magnetic ordering transition in the zero-field heat capacity shows a λ-type anomaly. Direction-dependent magnetic measurements on single-crystals reveal an anisotropic character of the magnetization. For H || c — corresponding to a direction within the layers and perpendicular to the double chains — the AFM transition temperature is suppressed in magnetic fields higher than ~ 7.9 T and a clearly pronounced metamagnetic phase transition is observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-147
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
StatePublished - Jul 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


  • AFM ordering
  • Anisotropic magnetic properties
  • Low-dimensional structure
  • Metamagnetic transition
  • Stereochemically active lone pair
  • Transition metal oxohalide


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