Eu4Bi3: Crystal structure, magnetic and electronic properties

Mary E. Wang, Jimmy T. Chang, Susan M. Kauzlarich

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The Eu-Bi system contains the phases Eu5Bi3, Eu4Bi3 and Eu11B10. The structure types of these phases have been determined by powder X-ray diffraction. Crystals of Eu4Bi3 (cubic, space group I43d; a = 9.920 Å, Z = 4, T = 130 K, R1/wR2 = 4.86/10.84%) were obtained in low yield by reaction of Eu, Mn, and Bi in the ratio 14:1:11 in a closed niobium tube (heating rate 30°C/h; reaction at 1050°C for 300 h, cooling rate 100°C/h). The crystal structure consists of distorted octahedra made up of six Bi coordinated to a central Eu atom. Eu is also coordinated to three other Eu atoms and forms a three-dimensional network composed of interconnected rings. The Bi atoms are coordinated to eight Eu atoms. High yields of Eu4Bi3 can be prepared by reacting stoichiometric amount of the elements in a sealed tantalum tube at 1100°C for 24 h. Temperature dependent magnetic susceptibility is consistent with antiferromagnetic behavior with an ordering temperature of 18 K. The data could be fit with the Curie-Weiss law and a moment of 7.38 μB/Eu is obtained, consistent with all Eu atoms being EuII. Temperature dependent resistivity indicates that Eu4Bi3 is a metal with a room temperature resistance of 1.3 Ωcm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)432-436
Number of pages5
JournalZeitschrift fur Anorganische und Allgemeine Chemie
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1996


  • Bismuth
  • Crystal structure
  • Europium
  • Magnetism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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