Crystal Structure and Magnetic and Magnetocaloric Properties of Cobalt Hydroxychlorides Co2(OH)4–xClx

Sang Hoon Song, José Antonio Alonso, María Teresa Fernández-Díaz, Sang Ho Lim

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A series of isostructural cobalt hydroxychloride salts with the formula Co2(OH)4–xClx were fabricated by using a precipitation method from aqueous solutions of CoCl2 and NaOH with different mixing ratios. The crystal structure was resolved from neutron powder diffraction data, including the location of H atoms of the hydroxide groups. The structure (space group R3m) consists of an open network of edge-sharing CoO6 and CoO6–2xCl2x octahedra, forming intercrossed 1D channels where the hydrogen atoms reside. Unusually high values of the magnetic entropy change were observed for all samples, probably due to the geometrically frustrated magnetic structure; for example, the magnetic entropy change was 8.3 J/kg K for the sample with Co/Cl > 2.5 at 10 K in a magnetic field change of 20 kOe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2289-2294
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr 26

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Converging Research Center Program through the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Korea (201505411), and the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2015063125). J. A. A. acknowledges the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitivity by funding the Project MAT2013-41099-R. This work is partially based on the results of experiments carried out at the Institut Laue Langevin, Grenoble, France.

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© 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim


  • Cobalt
  • Magnetic frustration
  • Magnetic properties
  • Structure elucidation
  • Transition metals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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