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Deformation Induced Solid−Solid Phase Transitions in Gamma Boron

An, Qi and Goddard, William A., III and Xiao, Hai and Cheng, Tao (2014) Deformation Induced Solid−Solid Phase Transitions in Gamma Boron. Chemistry of Materials, 26 (14). pp. 4289-4298. ISSN 0897-4756. doi:10.1021/cm5020114.

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We predict three new polymorphs of boron by applying density functional theory (PBE flavor) to large shear deformations starting from the recently discovered γ-B_(28) boron phase (stable above 9 GPa and 1000 K). We find that continuous deformation along the (100)/⟨001⟩ slip system leads to two new phases, named here as γ-B_(12)–(B_(2))_(6) and γ-B_(12)–(B···B)_(6). We show that these γ-B_(12)–(B_(2))_(6) and γ-B_(12)–(B···B)_(6) phases can also be obtained from uniaxial tensile and compressive deformations of the γ-B28 phase along the ⟨101⟩ direction, respectively. However, the reverse compressive loading on the newly formed γ-B_(12)–(B_(2))_(6) phase transforms it to itself, not the γ-B28 phase, because of the transferability of the three-center two-electron bond under deformation. This makes the new phase γ-B_(12)–(B_(2))_(6) a special type of superelastic material. In addition, application of reverse tensile deformation on the newly formed γ-B_(12)–(B···B)_(6) phase, transforms it to a third new phase, named α-B_(12)–BB, that is metallic, suggesting increased ductility that might make α-B_(12)–BB important for applications in electronic devices. We compared the structural character, mechanical properties, and electronic properties of these new phases to each other and to other phases of boron. We show that the three new phases are dynamically stable at zero pressure. These results show how modifying the connections between boron icosahedra using one to two atom chains can lead to dramatically different mechanical and electronic properties.

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Cheng, Tao0000-0003-4830-177X
Additional Information:© 2014 American Chemical Society. Received: June 2, 2014; Revised: June 23, 2014; Published: June 24, 2014. This work was supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (W31P4Q-13-1-0010, program manager, Judah Goldwasser). In addition some support was provided by the Army Research Laboratory under Cooperative Agreement Number W911NF-12-2-0022. The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the Army Research Laboratory or the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for Government purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation herein. We thank Dr. Sergey V. Zybin for the useful discussions.
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Official Citation:Deformation Induced Solid–Solid Phase Transitions in Gamma Boron Qi An, William A. Goddard, III, Hai Xiao, and Tao Cheng Chemistry of Materials 2014 26 (14), 4289-4298
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