Crystal structures of the high temperature forms of V8O 15 and V9O17 and structural trends in the VnO2n-1 Magnéli series

J. M. Allred, R. J. Cava

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We report the structure of the metallic high-temperature (ht) form of V9O17, determined from single crystal X-ray diffraction: space group=P-1 a=5.4219(7) Å, b=7.0142(9) Å, c=14.5252(19) Å, α=97.0310(10)°, β=90.9900(10)°, γ=108.9630(10)°, V=517.53(12) Å3, and Z=2. We also report refinement of the structure of metallic ht-V8O15, space group=P-1, a=5.4315(17) Å, b=7.015(2) Å, c=13.147(5) Å, α=100.144(4)°, β=95.776(4)°, γ=108.965(3)°, V=459.6(3) Å3, and Z=2. The structure of metallic V 9O17 is interpreted and discussed in the context of the VnO2n-1 Magnéli phases, yielding trends about how the underlying forces contribute to the metal to insulator transition (MIT). The manner in which structural features of the metallic phases change as a function of n supports previous arguments that there is a turnover in the forces leading to the MIT between n=6 and n=8.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-17
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
StatePublished - Feb 2013

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


  • Magnéli phase
  • Single crystal X-ray diffraction
  • VO
  • VO
  • VO


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