Journal of Chemical Crystallography

, Volume 41, Issue 8, pp 1195–1197 | Cite as

Crystal Growth and Structures of New Niobium and Tantalum Oxides: Sr3LiNbO6 and Sr3LiTaO6

  • Tianxiang Zhu
  • Hong Young Chang
  • P. Shiv Halasyamani
Original Paper


Single crystals of two new niobium and tantalum oxides, Sr3LiNbO6 and Sr3LiTaO6 were grown out of a Sr(OH)2/LiOH·H2O/KOH flux and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The materials crystallize in the trigonal R-3c space group with a = 9.8029(14) Å (9.8111(11) Å), b = 9.8029(14) Å (9.8111(11) Å), c = 11.200(2) Å (11.2056(12) Å), α = β = 90°, γ = 120° for Sr3LiNbO6 (Sr3LiTaO6). The oxides exhibit the K4CdCl6 structure-type, and consist of alternating face-shared BO6 octahedra (B = Nb5+ or Ta5+) and LiO6 trigonal prisms.

Graphical Abstract

The crystal growth and structures of two new quaternary oxides, Sr3LiNbO6 and Sr3LiTaO6, using a hydroxide flux is reported.


Crystal structure Crystal growth Niobium oxide Tantalum oxide Hydroxide flux 



We thank the Robert A. Welch Foundation (Grant E-1457), the ACS PRF 47345-AC10, and the NSF (DMR-0652150) for support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tianxiang Zhu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hong Young Chang
    • 1
  • P. Shiv Halasyamani
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, Hubei Key Lab on Organic and Polymeric Opto-Electronic MaterialsWuhan UniversityWuhanChina

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