PbCrO3 features an unusual charge distribution Pb0.52+Pb0.54+Cr3+O3 with Pb charge disproportionation at ambient pressure. A charge transfer between Pb and Cr is induced by the application of pressure resulting in Pb2+Cr4+O3 charge distribution and a large volume collapse. Here, structural and charge distribution changes in PbCr1-xVxO3 are investigated. Despite a cubic crystal structure in 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.60, discontinuous reduction in the unit cell volume was observed between x = 0.35 and 0.40. Hard X-ray photoemission spectroscopy confirmed the change in Pb charge state from the coexisting Pb2+ and Pb4+ at x = 0.35 to single Pb2+ at x = 0.40. This indicates that V substitution stabilizes the high pressure cubic Pb2+Cr4+O3-type phase. With further increase in the V substitution, the PbVO3-type polar tetragonal phase appeared at x = 0.80.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry