Preparation and HREM characterization of a protonated form of a layered perovskite tantalate from an aurivillius phase Bi2SrTa2O9 via acid treatment

Y. Tsunoda*, M. Shirata, W. Sugimoto, Z. Liu, O. Terasaki, K. Kuroda, Y. Sugahara

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An Aurivillius phase, Bi2SrTa2O9, which consists of perovskite-like slabs and bismuth oxide sheets, was treated with 3 M hydrochloric acid for 72 h, and the resultant product was characterized. Scanning electron microscopy investigation indicated that no morphological change occurred during the acid treatment. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis revealed that the product exhibited tetragonal symmetry with a = 0.39l ± 0.004 nm and c = 0.98 ± 0.01 nm, and the a parameter is consistent with a typical value for cubic perovskite oxides. High-resolution electron microscopy (HREM) observations along both [001] and [010] showed that the structure of the perovskite-like slabs in Bi2SrTa2O9 was retained after the acid treatment. The compositional analyses revealed the loss of a large portion of bismuth and a part of strontium (present in the bismuth oxide sheets due to B ↔ Sr disorder) and the introduction of protons. These observations indicate that the bismuth oxide sheets in Bi2SrTa2O9 were selectively leached and that protons were introduced into the interlayer space to form a protonated layered perovskite, H1.8[Sr0.8Bi0.2Ta2O7]. Though diffraction techniques (XRD and electron diffraction) demonstrated that an average structure of H1.8[Sr0.8Bi0.2Ta2O7] consisted of perovskite-like slabs stacked without displacement, HREM observation along [010] demonstrated that both a simple stacking sequence without displacement (P-type) and a stacking sequence with a relative displacement by (a + b)/2 (I-type) were present in H1.8[Sr0.8Bi0.2Ta2O7].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5768-5771
Number of pages4
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Nov 5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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