Ken Niwa

Nagoya University, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: The last remaining marcasite-type RuN2 was successfully synthesized by direct chemical reaction between ruthenium and molecular nitrogen above the pressure of 32 GPa. For the first time, we found that Ru 4d is weakly hybridized with N 2p in the structure by using transmission electron microscopy equipped with electron-energy-loss spectroscopy. Our finding give important knowledge about the platinum-group pernitride with respect to the chemical bonding between platinum-group element and nitrogen.
    Chemistry 09/2014; · 5.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Super critical fluids are well known as suitable solvents for dissolution and extraction processes, because it exhibits extreme high solubility and reactivity. However further experimental development using supercritical fluid would offer new insight in material science, especially the synthesis and crystal growth of novel materials. We report the successful growth of single crystals with the rutile-type structure (TiO2, Co-doped TiO2, SiO2, GeO2 and SnO2) in supercritical fluids (water or oxygen) using a laser heated diamond-anvil cell up to a pressure of 7 GPa. The resultant product showed the rectangular hollow tube morphology, a several tens of microns in length and a wall thickness of less than 500 nm. TEM analyses demonstrated that this rectangular hollow tube single crystals were surrounded by the {110} faces and grown along the [001] direction. The preferential growth of {110} faces is consistent with the lowest surface energy of {110} faces of the rutile-type structure. In addition, the rapid cooling rate in LHDAC and high solubility of supercritical fluids also play an important role for the formation of the rectangular hollow tube. The details of the synthesis procedure, characterization and growth mechanism are discussed in this paper.
    Journal of Physics Conference Series 05/2014; 500(2):022007.
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    ABSTRACT: Marcasite-type rhodium nitride was successfully synthesized in a direct chemical reaction between a rhodium metal and molecular nitrogen at 43.2 GPa using a laser-heated diamond-anvil cell. This material shows a low zero-pressure bulk modulus of K0 = 235(13) GPa, which is much lower than those of other platinum group nitrides. This finding is due to the weaker bonding interaction between metal atoms and quasi-molecular dinitrogen units in the marcasite-type structure, as proposed by theoretical studies.
    Inorganic Chemistry 01/2014; · 4.59 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We discuss the doping effect of Sn2þ on ATiO3 perovskites by comparing with those of Pb and Ba. The solution energy of Sn into A sites of ATiO3 perovskites shows minimum when the lattice size is almost the same as that of SrTiO3 (STO), as determined by first-principles calculations. In dielectric measurements of these STO-based ceramics, the Sn2þ-doped STO ceramics showed a higher peak temperature than the Pb2þ- or Ba2þdoped STO ceramics at the same doping amount. In addition, the maximum polarization obtained in the Sn2þ-doped STO ceramics was larger than that obtained in the Pb2þ- or Ba2þ-doped ceramics in terms of the relationship between the polarization and electric field curve measurement at room temperature. The piezoresponse was also observed in the Sn2þ-doped STO ceramics at room temperature by piezoresponse force microscopy. We propose that these effects originate from the bond length between Sn2þ and O2� which is smaller than that between Pb2þ and O2�. The Sn2þ ion prefers the off-center position at the Sr2þ site because of the retention of the stable bond length between Sn2þ and O2�. These leads to the formation of polar regions and which can assist in the generation of a larger polarization.
    Japanese Journal of Applied Physics 09/2013; 52:09KC04. · 1.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We have measured the solubility of argon in SiO2 melt under high pressure by melting a SiO2 crystal at the argon pressure as high as 19 GPa using laser-heated diamond anvil cell (LHDAC). SiO2 was successfully melted at the pressure of about 12 GPa and recovered with a completely glassy phase. Above 15 GPa, the sample contained a large amount of crystalline SiO2, although it was completely melted and spherical due to the surface tension. This may arise from the change in the coordination number of Si in SiO2 melt at around 12–15 GPa, which is close to the triple point of coesite, stishovite, and liquid SiO2. Argon content in the recovered SiO2 was measured by energy-dispersive spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. It increased at pressures up to approximately 5–7 GPa and exhibited a constant value up to at least 12 GPa; this implies that, at these conditions, the noble gas behaves as an incompatible element. The result is completely different from those of previous LHDAC studies, which claimed that the increased solubility then dramatically drops above the pressure of about 5 GPa. Here, we report the new details of experimentally determined pressure dependence of noble gas solubility by LHDAC, and discuss the experimental difficulties and the structure change of silicate melt under high pressures.
    Earth and Planetary Science Letters 02/2013; 363:1–8. · 4.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hydrostatic pressure induces structural changes in proteins, including denaturation, the mechanism of which has been attributed to water penetration into the protein interior. In this study, structures of 3-isopropylmalate dehydrogenase (IPMDH) from Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 were determined at about 2 Å resolution under pressures ranging from 0.1 to 650 MPa using a diamond anvil cell (DAC). Although most of the protein cavities are monotonically compressed as the pressure increases, the volume of one particular cavity at the dimer interface increases at pressures over 340 MPa. In parallel with this volume increase, water penetration into the cavity could be observed at pressures over 410 MPa. In addition, the generation of a new cleft on the molecular surface accompanied by water penetration could also be observed at pressures over 580 MPa. These water-penetration phenomena are considered to be initial steps in the pressure-denaturation process of IPMDH.
    Acta Crystallographica Section D Biological Crystallography 03/2012; 68(Pt 3):300-9. · 12.67 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The perovskite (Pv) to post-perovskite (PPv) phase transition and the deformation texture of the PPv phase were investigated on the basis of a high-pressure X-ray diffraction (XRD) study of CaIrO3 using a diamond-anvil cell in a pressure range up to 31 GPa. The development of a crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO) in the PPv phase was observed after the plastic deformation from 8 or 9 GPa to 31 GPa at both room and high (∼1500 K) temperatures. The observed CPOs in the present study indicate that the (0 1 0) plane worked as an active slip plane in the PPv phase over the entire pressure and temperature range of the present experiment. We also confirmed that the Pv to PPv phase transition proceeds at room temperature under high-stress conditions. The phase transition under high-stress condition is in stark contrast to the results of a previous hydrostatic experiment in which the Pv-CaIrO3 remained stable in a helium media at 31 GPa and room temperature. This indicates that shear stress plays an important role in the Pv to PPv phase transition, and this effect should be taken into account when the thermal structure at the D″ layer is discussed on the basis of the high-pressure experiments.
    Physics of The Earth and Planetary Interiors 03/2012; s 194–195:10–17. · 2.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The rock salt (B1) structure of binary oxides or chalcogenides transforms to the CsCl (B2) structure under high pressure, with critical pressures P(s) depending on the cation to anion size ratio (R(c)/R(a)). We investigated structural changes of A(2)MO(3) (A = Sr, Ca; M = Cu, Pd) comprising alternate 7-fold B1 AO blocks and corner-shared MO(2) square-planar chains under pressure. All of the examined compounds exhibit a structural transition at P(s) = 29-41 GPa involving a change in the A-site geometry to an 8-fold B2 coordination. This observation demonstrates, together with the high pressure study on the structurally related Sr(3)Fe(2)O(5), that the B1-to-B2 transition generally occurs in these intergrowth structures. An empirical relation of P(s) and the R(c)/R(a) ratio for the binary system holds well for the intergrowth structure also, which means that P(s) is predominantly determined by the rock salt blocks. However, a large deviation from the relation is found in LaSrNiO(3.4), where oxygen atoms partially occupy the apical site of the MO(4) square plane. We predict furthermore the occurrence of the same structural transition for Ruddlesden-Popper-type layered perovskite oxides (AO)(AMO(3))(n), under higher pressures. For investigating the effect on the physical properties, an electrical resistivity of Sr(2)CuO(3) is studied.
    Inorganic Chemistry 11/2011; 50(22):11787-94. · 4.59 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Rectangular hollow tube crystals of the rutile-type TiO2 have been successfully grown in supercritical water at about 2 GPa for the first time using a diamond-anvil cell combined with the infrared laser heating system. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) observations indicate that they are grown along the [001] direction in a few tens of micrometer lengths. It is also found that they are surrounded by the {110} face with its wall thickness of 200 nm. Details of the morphology, optical property, and growth mechanism of the obtained crystals are discussed.
    Crystal Growth & Design. 09/2011; 11(10).
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    ABSTRACT: The binary skutterudite CoP(3) has a large void at the body-centered site of each cubic unit cell and is, therefore, called a nonfilled skutterudite. We investigated its room-temperature compression behavior up to 40.4 GPa in helium and argon using a diamond-anvil cell. High-pressure in situ X-ray diffraction and Raman scattering measurements found no phase transition and a stable cubic structure up to the maximum pressure in both media. A fitting of the present pressure-volume data to the third-order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state yields a zero-pressure bulk modulus K(0) of 147(3) GPa [pressure derivative K(0)' of 4.4(2)] and 171(5) GPa [where K(0)' = 4.2(4)] in helium and argon, respectively. The Grüneisen parameter was determined to be 1.4 from the Raman scattering measurements. Thus, CoP(3) is stiffer than other binary skutterudites and could therefore be used as a host cage to accommodate large atoms under high pressure without structural collapse.
    Inorganic Chemistry 03/2011; 50(8):3281-5. · 4.59 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Compression behaviors of CaIrO3 with perovskite (Pv) and post-perovskite (pPv) structures have been investigated up to 31.0(1.0) and 35.3(1) GPa at room temperature, respectively, in a diamond-anvil cell with hydrostatic pressure media. CaIrO3 Pv and pPv phases were compressed with the axial compressibility of β a > β c > β b and β b > β a > β c, respectively and no phase transition was observed in both phases up to the highest pressure in the present study. The order of axial compressibility for pPv phase is consistent with the crystallographic consideration for layer structured materials and previous experimental results. On the other hand, Pv phase shows anomalous compression behavior in b axis, which exhibit constant or slightly expanded above 13 GPa, although the applied pressure remained hydrostatic. Volume difference between Pv and pPv phases was gradually decreased with increasing pressure and this is consistent with the results of theoretical study based on the ab initio calculation. Present results, combined with theoretical study, suggest that these complicate compression behaviors in CaIrO3 under high pressure might be caused by the partially filled electron of Ir4+. Special attention must be paid in case of using CaIrO3 as analog materials to MgSiO3, although CaIrO3 exhibits interesting physical properties under high pressure.
    Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 01/2011; 38(1):21-31. · 1.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This paper reports a procedure to combine the focused ion beam micro-sampling method with conventional Ar-milling to prepare high-quality site-specific transmission electron microscopy cross-section samples. The advantage is to enable chemical and structural evaluations of oxygen dissolved in a molten iron sample to be made after quenching and recovery from high-pressure experiments in a laser-heated diamond anvil cell. The evaluations were performed by using electron energy-loss spectroscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The high signal to noise ratios of electron energy-loss spectroscopy core-loss spectra from the transmission electron microscopy thin foil, re-thinned down to 40 nm in thickness by conventional Argon ion milling, provided us with oxygen quantitative analyses of the quenched molten iron phase. In addition, we could obtain lattice-fringe images using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The electron energy-loss spectroscopy analysis of oxygen in Fe0.94O has been carried out with a relative accuracy of 2%, using an analytical procedure proposed for foils thinner than 80 nm. Oxygen K-edge energy-loss near-edge structure also allows us to identify the specific phase that results from quenching and its electronic structure by the technique of fingerprinting of the spectrum with reference spectra in the Fe-O system.
    Journal of Microscopy 05/2010; 238(3):200 - 209. · 1.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Deformation microstructures of CaIrO3 post perovskite (PPv) in a laser heated diamond anvil cell (DAC) are examined using transmission electron microscopy. Under a high stress and strain rate in the deformation condition, a high density of the {110} twin domains were at first time observed in post perovskite structure, as well as [100] and [001] dislocations on the (010) plane. The exchange of the a-axis for the b-axes in the twin mechanism can reduce a stress in a single crystal at the beginning of the uniaxial compression. The {110} plane in PPv corresponds with that of the crystallographic preferred orientation that was previously reported in deformed MgSiO3 and MgGeO3 PPv in DACs. This result implies that the formation of the twin domains can play an important role in CaIrO3 PPv deformations under high stress and strain rate conditions (e.g., Deformation by DAC).
    Journal of Physics Conference Series 04/2010; 215(1):012097.
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    ABSTRACT: Single crystals of rutile-type GeO2 having a structure equivalent to that of TiO2, a well-known photocatalyst, have been grown for the first time in supercritical oxygen at approximately 5GPa and 3000K. The obtained crystals exhibit a rectangular hollow tube structure with submicron size (cross section with sides of ∼500nm, wall thickness of ∼20nm, and longitudinal length of ∼5μm). These single crystals were grown within 1s and along the c-axis surrounded by the (110) faces. The crystal growth mechanism strongly depends on the growth mechanism of rutile-type oxides, and the extremely short growing time is an important factor in the formation of hollow tube crystals.
    Journal of Crystal Growth 01/2010; 312(10):1731-1735. · 1.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The phase relation of FeTiO3 was investigated up to a pressure of about 67 GPa by synchrotron x-ray diffraction and analytical transmission electron microscopy. We found that FeTiO3 perovskite decomposes into Fe1−xTi0.5xO wüstite and orthorhombic FeTi3O7 phases (ideally FeTiO3→2/3FeO+1/3FeTi3O7) at conditions above 42 GPa and 2000 K. Our study also demonstrates that the phase assemblage of Fe1−xTi0.5xO and FeTi3O7 is the densest of the various systems reported so far for FeTiO3.
    Physical review. B, Condensed matter 01/2010; 82(9). · 3.77 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Lattice-preferred orientations (LPOs) of post-perovskite (PPv)-type MgGeO3 formed by transformations from two different pre-phases, orthopyroxene (OPx) and perovskite (Pv), were studied using radial and axial X-ray diffraction techniques combined with a laser-heated diamond-anvil cell. When the PPv was made from Pv, strong LPO was formed in the PPv immediately after the transformation with an alignment of the (0 0 1) or (0 1 1) plane almost perpendicular to the compression axis. This present result contrasts markedly from that observed when the PPv was formed from OPx and those reported on MgGeO3-PPv and (Mg,Fe)SiO3-PPv transformed from OPx, in which the (1 0 0) or (1 1 0) plane was aligned to the compression axis. It was clarified that when the PPv-type MgGeO3 is formed in diamond-anvil cells, it has strong transformation-induced LPO from the beginning even before plastic deformation occurs, and that its characteristics depend on the pre-phase before the transformation. The formed transformation-induced LPO of PPv did not change in spite of further compression using a conventional gasket because the sample became too thin to deform. However, by using a diamond gasket technique, we were able to deform the PPv at room temperature, resulting in significant variations of the relative intensities of several diffraction peaks. The change in the axial diffraction patterns can be explained only by assuming that the (0 0 1) plane aligns almost perpendicularly to the compression axis. The present results suggest that the (0 0 1) is a dominant slip plane in MgGeO3-PPv at room temperature. If one makes the assumption that the dominant slip system(s) of silicate PPv deformed in the D″ layer is or are identical to that of germanate PPv at room temperature, then a large S-wave polarization anisotropy in the Earth's D″ layer would be explained by the small degree of deformation-induced LPO of the PPv phase that is expected to exist in this layer.
    Physics of The Earth and Planetary Interiors 01/2010; · 2.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The stability and equation of state for the cotunnite phase in TiO2 were investigated up to a pressure of about 70 GPa by high-pressure in situ X-ray diffraction measurements using a laser-heated diamond anvil cell. The transition sequence under high pressure was rutile → α-PbO2 phase → baddeleyite phase → OI phase → cotunnite phase with increasing pressure. The cotunnite phase was the most stable phase at pressures from 40 GPa to at least 70 GPa. The equation of state parameters for the cotunnite phase were established on the platinum scale using the volume data at pressures of 37–68 GPa after laser annealing, in which the St value, an indicator of the magnitude of the uniaxial stress component in the samples, indicates that these measurements were performed under quasi-hydrostatic conditions. The third-order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state at K 0′ = 4.25 yields V 0 = 15.14(5) cm3/mol and K 0 = 294(9), and the second-order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state yields V 0 = 15.11(5) cm3/mol and K 0 = 306(9). Therefore, we conclude that the bulk modulus for the cotunnite phase is not comparable to that of diamond.
    Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 01/2010; 37(3):129-136. · 1.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The post-corundum phase transition has been investigated in Ti2O3 on the basis of synchrotron X-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell and transmission electron microscopy. The new polymorph of Ti2O3 was found at about 19 GPa and 1850 K, and this phase was stable even at about 40 GPa. A new polymorph of Ti2O3 can be indexed on a Pnma orthorhombic cell, and the unit-cell parameters are a=7.6965 (19) Å, b=2.8009 (9) Å, c=7.9300 (23) Å, V=170.95 (15) Å3 at 19 GPa, and a=7.8240 (2) Å, b=2.8502 (1) Å, c=8.1209 (3) Å, V=181.10 (1) Å3 at ambient conditions. The Birch–Murnaghan equation of state yields K 0=206 (3) GPa and K′0=4 (fixed) for corundum phase, and K 0=296 (4) GPa and K′0=4 (fixed) for the post-corundum phase. The molar volume decreases by 12% across the phase transition at around 20 GPa. The structural identification was carried out on a recovered sample by the Rietveld method, and a new polymorph of Ti2O3 can be identified as Th2S3-type rather than U2S3-type structure. The transition from corundum-type to Th2S3-type structure accompanies the drastic change of the form of polyhedron: from TiO6 octahedron in the corundum-type to TiO7 polyhedron in the Th2S3-type structures.
    High Pressure Research 09/2009; 29(3):379-388. · 0.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We have synthesized Ln nitrides (Ln=Ce, Pr, Gd, Lu) in a supercritical nitrogen fluid at high pressure (about 30GPa) and high temperature (about 2000K) using the diamond anvil cell and YAG laser heating system. New Ce and Pr nitrides have been synthesized, while the well-known NaCl-type GdN and LuN have been obtained. It is found that the structures of the new Ce and Pr nitrides are different from those of the new La nitrides reported recently.
    Journal of Alloys and Compounds 01/2009; 477(1):493-497. · 2.73 Impact Factor
  • The Review of High Pressure Science and Technology 01/2008; 18(1):44-54.