By means of first-principles calculations, the structural, elastic, electronic, magnetic and optical properties of pentalanthanum hexamolybdenum henicosaoxide (La 5Mo 6O 21) were studied in detail. No experimental or theoretical investigations of its physical properties have previously been reported in the literature. Our results reveal that La 5Mo 6O 21 is metallic with high ionic character due to the oxygen composition. The bonding characterization was achieved by analysis of valence charge density and the electronic localized functions. Flexibility and ease of deformation of the tetrahedral units appears to be important for the ion conduction mechanisms. The magnetic moment was evaluated to be 8.03 μ B, principally induced by Mo d-orbitals and La f-orbitals and the polarization of the oxygen by molybdenum. The optical spectra were analyzed by means of the electronic structure. The future advances will depend on achieving a fundamental understanding of the structural, defect and mechanistic features of ion conducting materials. © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Chemistry
- Ceramics and Composites
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Condensed Matter Physics