Layered Tenary Transition Metal Nitrides: Synthesis, Structure and Physical Properties

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  • DH Gregory
  • PM O'Meara
  • AG Gorgon
  • DJ Siddons
  • AJ Blake
  • MG Barker

Colleges, School and Institutes


Two-dimensional structures are an emerging class of materials within nitride chemistry. We report here our systematic studies of two groups of these layered compounds: 1 Lithium transition metal compounds, Li(3-x-y)rectangle yMxN (M=Co, Ni, Cu, rectangle =Li vacancy) and 2 ternary transition metal nitrides of general formulation AMN(2) (A=alkaline earth metal, M=Ti, Zr, Hf). Compounds in class 1 are based on the hexagonal Li3N structure, unique to nit-ides. Compounds in group 2, by contrast, crystallise with oxide structures (alpha -NaFeO2 or KCoO2). Specific and unusual synthetic methods have been developed to reproducibly prepare these compounds. Compounds in series 1 contain ordered or disordered Li vacancies at increased levels relative to the parent Li3N, itself a Li+ fast ion conductor. Nitrides in series 2 should be nominally diamagnetic (S=0), yet magnetic measurements reveal behaviour seemingly inconsistent with this assumption. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All lights reserved.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-244
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2001


  • structure, nitrides, synthesis, diffraction