Characterization of Bi5Nb3O15 by refinement of neutron diffraction pattern, acid treatment and reaction of the acid-treated product with n-alkylamines

Seiichi Tahara, Akira Shimada, Nobuhiro Kumada, Yoshiyuki Sugahara*

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The structure of Bi5Nb3O15 was investigated by refinement of the powder neutron diffraction pattern as well as by structural change through acid treatment and subsequent treatments of an acid-treated product with n-alkylamines. Rietveld refinement suggests that Bi5Nb3O15 adopts a mixed-layer Aurivillius-related phase structure, [Bi2O2]+[NbO4]+[Bi2O2]+[BiNb2O7] [Pnc2 (space group No. 30)] with a = 2.1011 (4), b = 0.5473 (1) and c = 0.5463 (1) nm. After the acid treatment of Bi5Nb3O15 with 3 mol/L HCl, a new reflection (at 2.25 nm after drying at room temperature or at 1.89 nm after drying at 120 °C) appeared in the X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern in addition to the reflections due to Bi5Nb3O15. Upon acid treatment, a part of the Bi ions were lost and essentially no Nb ions were dissolved during acid treatment to give a Bi/Nb molar ratio of 1.4. The TG curves of the acid-treated product showed mass loss (ca. 4 mass%) in the range of 300-600 °C. It was also demonstrated that the particle shapes did not change upon acid treatment. The reaction of the acid-treated product (after drying at room temperature) with n-alkylamines led to a shift of the newly appearing reflection to a lower angle, and the d-value of the low-angle reflection increased linearly in accordance with the increment of the number of carbon atoms in n-alkylamines. These results indicate that the [Bi2O2] sheet in Bi5Nb3O15 was partially leached by acid treatment to form a layered compound H4BiNb3O11·xH2O, capable of accommodating n-alkylamines in the interlayer space, and its anhydrous form, H4BiNb3O11, upon drying. Based on the variation in the interlayer distance upon intercalation of n-alkylamines into the acid-treated product, the structure of the acid-treated product can be suggested to comprise alternately stacked protonated [BiNb2O7] and [NbO4] sheets, a result consistent with the Rietveld refinement of Bi5Nb3O15.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2517-2524
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Sep


  • Acid treatment
  • Aurivillius phase
  • Crystal structure
  • Intercalation
  • Intergrowth
  • Ion exchange
  • Layered perovskite
  • Neutron diffraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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