Geneva Laurita

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The structure of the hybrid perovskite HC(NH2 )2 PbI3 (formamidinium lead iodide) reflects competing interactions associated with molecular motion, hydrogen bonding tendencies, thermally activated soft octahedral rotations, and the propensity for the Pb(2+) lone pair to express its stereochemistry. High-resolution synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction(More)
Stable s(2) lone pair electrons on heavy main-group elements in their lower oxidation states drive a range of important phenomena, such as the emergence of polar ground states in some ferroic materials. Here we study the perovskite halide CsSnBr3 as an embodiment of the broader materials class. We show that lone pair stereochemical activity due to the(More)
The cubic semiconducting compounds APd3O4 (A = Ca, Sr) can be hole-doped by Na substitution on the A site and driven toward more conducting states. This process has been followed here by a number of experimental techniques to understand the evolution of electronic properties. While an insulator-to-metal transition is observed in Ca1-xNaxPd3O4 for x ≥ 0.15,(More)
Polycrystalline samples of the pyrochlore series Ag(1-x)M(n)(x)SbO(3+x[(n-1)/2]) (M = Na, K, and Tl) have been structurally analyzed through total scattering techniques. The upper limits of x obtained were 0.05 for Na, 0.16 for K, and 0.17 for Tl. The Ag(+) cation occupies a site with inversion symmetry on a 3-fold axis. When the smaller Na(+) cation(More)
Structural disorder can play an important role in the electrical properties of correlated materials. In this work we examine the average and local disorder in hollandites A(x)Ru4O8 (A(+) = K, Rb, Rb(1-x)Na(x)) through neutron total scattering techniques. Samples with A(+) = Rb, Rb(1-x)Na(x) exhibit the largest amount of local disorder as evidenced by higher(More)
SiAlON ceramics, solid solutions based on the Si3N4 structure, are important, lightweight structural materials with intrinsically high strength, high hardness, and high thermal and chemical stability. Described by the chemical formula β-Si6-zAlzOzN8-z, from a compositional viewpoint, these materials can be regarded as solid solutions between Si3N4 and(More)
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