Compressibility and structural stability of ultra-incompressible bimetallic interstitial carbides and nitrides

Autores UPV
Revista Physical Review B


We have investigated by means of high-pressure x-ray diffraction the structural stability of Pd 2Mo 3N, Ni 2Mo 3C 0.52N 0.48, Co 3Mo 3C 0.62N 0.38, and Fe 3Mo 3C. We have found that they remain stable in their ambient-pressure cubic phase at least up to 48 GPa. All of them have a bulk modulus larger than 330 GPa, the least compressible material being Fe 3Mo 3C, B 0 = 374(3) GPa. In addition, apparently a reduction of compressibility is detected as the carbon content is increased. The equation of state for each material is determined. A comparison with other refractory materials indicates that interstitial nitrides and carbides behave as ultra-incompressible materials. © 2012 American Physical Society.