Synthesis of Three Layer NaxCoO2 (x=0.3, 0.5, 0.6, 0.75, 1.0) and Superconductivity in Three Layer Na0.3CoO2•1.3H2O


The synthesis of three layer sodium cobalt oxide, NaxCoO2 (x=0.3, 0.5, 0.6, 0.75 and 1.0) is reported. For x=0.6, 0.75, and 1.0, conventional solid-state synthesis was employed. x=0.3 and 0.5 were obtained via oxidative deintercalation of sodium at room temperature. x=0.3 can be hydrated to Na0.3CoO2•1.3H2O which is superconducting with a Tc of 4.3 K. Although having the same chemical stiochiometry as the previously reported two layer superconductor, it has a different stacking sequence of CoO2 layers making it structurally distinct. Crystals of three layer NaCoO2 show triangular morphology compared to hexagonal morphology for two layer Na0.7CoO2.

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Foo, M., Klimczuk, T., Li, L. et al. Synthesis of Three Layer NaxCoO2 (x=0.3, 0.5, 0.6, 0.75, 1.0) and Superconductivity in Three Layer Na0.3CoO2•1.3H2O. MRS Online Proceedings Library 848, 17–22 (2004).

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