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## Introduction to Group IV Clathrate Materials

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**Introduction to Group IV**Clathrate Materials**Group IV Elements** • Valence electron configuration: ns2 np2 • [n = 2, C; n = 3, Si; n = 4, Ge; n = 5, Sn]**Group IV Crystals**• Si, Ge, Sn:Ground state crystal structure: = Diamond Structure • E • Each atom is tetrahedrally (4-fold) coordinated (with 4 nearest-neighbors) withsp3 covalent bonding • Bond angles:Perfect, tetrahedral = 109.5º Si, Geare semiconductors Sn: (α-tin or gray tin) is a semimetal**Another crystalline phase of Sn**(β-tin or white tin) • This phase has a body centered tetragonal lattice, with 2 atoms per unit cell. It is metallic. • There is one more crystalline phase of the Column IV elemental solids!! Si, Ge, Sn: The clathrates.**Clathrates**• Crystalline Phases of Group IV elements: Si, Ge, Sn(not C yet!) “New” materials, but known (for Si) since 1965! • J. Kasper, P. Hagenmuller, M. Pouchard, C. Cros, Science 150, 1713 (1965) • As in the diamond structure, all Group IV atoms are 4-fold coordinated insp3 bonding configurations. • Bond angles:Distorted tetrahedra Distribution of angles instead of the perfect tetrahedral 109.5º • Lattice contains hexagonal & pentagonal rings, fused together with sp3bonds to form large “cages”.**Pure materials: Metastable, expanded volume phases of Si,**Ge, Sn • Few pure elemental phases. Compounds with Group I & II atoms (Na, K, Cs, Ba). • Potential applications:Thermoelectrics • Open, cage-like structures, with large “cages” of Si, Ge, or Sn atoms. “Buckyball-like” cages of 20, 24, & 28 atoms. • Two common varieties: Type I (X46) & Type II (X136) X = Si, Ge,or Sn**Meaning of “Clathrate” ?**From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: “A clathrate or clathrate compound or cage compound is a chemical substance consisting of a lattice of one type of molecule trapping and containing a second type of molecule. The word comes from the Latin clathratusmeaning furnished with a lattice.” “For example, a clathrate-hydrate involves a special type of gas hydrate consisting of water molecules enclosing a trapped gas. A clathrate thus is a material which is a weak composite, with molecules of suitable size captured in spaces which are left by the other compounds. They are also called host-guest complexes, inclusion compounds, and adducts.”**Here:Group IV crystals with the same crystal structure as**clathrate-hydrates (ice). Type I clathrate-hydrate crystal structure X8(H2O)46:**Si46, Ge46, Sn46: (Type IClathrates)**20atom (dodecahedron) cages & 24 atom (tetrakaidecahedron) cages, fused together through 5 atom rings. Crystal structure = Simple Cubic, 46 atoms per cubic unit cell. • Si136, Ge136, Sn136: (Type IIClathrates) 20 atom (dodecahedron) cages & 28 atom (hexakaidecahedron) cages, fused together through 5 atom rings. Crystal structure = Face Centered Cubic, 136 atoms per cubic unit cell.**Clathrate Building Blocks**24 atom cage: Type I Clathrate Si46, Ge46, Sn46(C46?) Simple Cubic 20 atom cage: Type II Clathrate Si136, Ge136, Sn136(C136?) Face Centered Cubic 28 atom cage:**Clathrate Lattices**Type I Clathrate Si46, Ge46, Sn46 simple cubic [100] direction Type II Clathrate Si136, Ge136, Sn136 face centered cubic [100] direction**Group IV Clathrates**• Not found in nature.Lab synthesis. An “art” more than a science!. • Not normally in pure form, but with impurities (“guests”) encapsulated inside the cages. Guests “Rattlers” • Guests:Group I(alkali) atoms (Li, Na, K, Cs, Rb) or Group II(alkaline earth) atoms (Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba) • Synthesis:NaxSi46(A theorists view!) • Start with a Zintl phase NaSicompound. • An ionic compound containing Na+ and (Si4)-4 ions • Heat to thermally decompose. Some Na vacuum. Siatoms reform into a clathrate framework around Na. • Cages contain Naguests**Pure materials: Semiconductors.**Guest-containing materials: • Some are superconducting materials (Ba8Si46) from sp3 bonded, Group IV atoms! • Guests are weakly bonded in the cages: A minimal effect on electronic transport • The host valence electrons taken up in sp3bonds • Guest valence electrons go to the host conduction band ( heavy doping density) • Guests vibrate with low frequency (“rattler”) modes A strong effect on vibrational properties Guest Modes Rattler Modes**Possible use as thermoelectric materials.**Good thermoelectrics should have low thermal conductivity! • Guest Modes Rattler Modes: The focus of many recent experiments. Heat transport theory:The low frequency “rattler” modes can scatter efficiently with the acoustic modes of the host Lowers the thermal conductivity Good thermoelectrics! • Clathrates of recent interest:Sn(mainly Type I).Si& Ge, (mainly Type II). “Alloys” of Ge & Si (Type I).**Calculations**• Computational package: VASP- Vienna Austria Simulation Package. “First principles”! Many electron / Exchange-correlation effects LocalDensityApproximation (LDA) with Ceperley-Alder Functional OR GeneralizedGradient Approximation (GGA) with Perdew-Wang Functional Ultrasoft pseudopotentials;Planewave basis • Extensively tested on a wide variety of systems • We’ve computed equilibrium geometries, equations of state, bandstructures, phonon (vibrational) spectra, ...**Start with a lattice geometry from experiment or guessed**(interatomic distances & bond angles). • Use the supercell approximation(periodic boundary conditions) • Interatomic forces act to relax the lattice to an equilibrium configuration (distances, angles). Schrödinger Equation for the interacting electrons Newton’s 2nd Law for the atomic motion (quantum mechanical forces!) Equations of State • The total binding energy is minimized (in the LDA or GGA) by optimizing the internal coordinates at a given volume. • Repeat the calculation for several volumes. • Gives the minimum energy configuration. An LDA or GGA binding energy vs. volume curve. • To save computational effort, fit this to an empirical equation of state (4 parameters): the “Birch-Murnaghan” equation of state.**Birch-Murnaghan Eqtn of State**Fit the total binding energy vs. volume curve to E(V) = E0 + (9/8)K0V0[(V0/V)⅔ - 1] {1 + (½)(4 - K´)[1 - (V0/V)⅔]} 4 Parameters E0 Minimum binding energy V0 Volume at minimum energy K0Equilibrium bulk modulus K´(dK0/dP)Pressure derivative of K0**Equations of State for Sn SolidsBirch-Murnhagan fits to LDAE**vs.V curves Sn Clathrates expanded volume, high energy, metastable Snphases Compared to α-Sn Sn46:V, 12% larger E, 41 meV higher Sn136:V, 14% larger E, 38 meV higher Clathrates:“Negative pressure” phases!**Equation of State ParametersBirch-Murnhagan fits to LDAE**vs.V curves Sn Clathrates Expanded volume, high energy, “soft”Sn phases Compared to α-Sn Sn46 -- V, 12% larger.E, 41 meV higher. K0, 13% “softer” Sn136 -- V, 14% larger.E, 38 meV higher. K0, 13% “softer”**Ground State Properties**• Once the equilibrium lattice geometry is obtained, all ground state properties are obtained at the minimum energy volume. Electronic bandstructures Vibrational (phonon) dispersion relations Bandstructures (will discuss these after the electronic bands chapter) • At the relaxed lattice configuration, (“optimized geometry”) use the one electron Hamiltonian + LDA or GGA many electron corrections to solve the Schrödinger Equation for bandstructuresEk.**Compensation**• Guest-containing clathrates:Valence electrons from the guests go to the conduction band of the host (heavy doping!), changing the material from semiconducting to metallic. For thermoelectric applications, we want semiconductors!! • COMPENSATEfor this by replacing some host atoms in the framework by Group III or Group II atoms (charge compensates).Gets a semiconductor back! • Sn46:Semiconducting.Cs8Sn46:Metallic.Cs8Ga8Sn38&Cs8Zn4Sn42:Semiconducting. • Si136, Ge136, Sn136:Semiconducting. • Na16Cs8Si136, Na16Cs8Ge136, Cs24Sn136:Metallic.**For EACH guest-containing clathrate, including those with**compensating atoms in the framework: • ENTIRELDA orGGAprocedure is repeated: • Total energy vs. volume curve Equation of State • Birch-Murnhagan Eqtn fit to results. • At the minimum energy volume, compute the bandstructures & the lattice vibrations. • For the compensated materials: ASSUME an ordered structure