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Acta Cryst. (2012). E68, i16  [ doi:10.1107/S1600536812002103 ]

Terbium (lithium zinc) distannide, TbLi1-xZnxSn2 (x = 0.2)

A. Stetskiv, I. Tarasiuk, B. Rozdzynska-Kielbik, I. Oshchapovsky and V. Pavlyuk

Abstract: The new terbium (lithium zinc) distannide, TbLi1-xZnxSn2 (x = 0.2) crystallizes in the orthorhombic CeNiSi2 structure type with space group Cmcm and Pearson symbol oS16. Of the four independent 4c atom positions (m2m site symmetry), three are fully occupied by individual atoms (two by Sn and one by Tb atoms) and the fourth is occupied by Li and Zn atoms with a statistical distribution. The Tb coordination polyhedron is a 21-vertex pseudo-Frank-Kasper polyhedron. One Sn atom is enclosed in a tricapped trigonal prism, the second Sn atom is in a cuboctahedron and the statistically distributed (Li,Zn) site is in a tetragonal antiprism with one added atom. Electronic structure calculations were used for the elucidation of reasons for and the ability of mutual substitution of lithium and transition metals. Positive charge density was observed around the rare earth atom and the Li and Zn atoms, the negative charge density in the proximity of the Sn atoms.

Online 21 January 2012

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