How and Why Does Helium Permeate Nonporous Arsenolite Under High Pressure?

Piotr Guńka , Michał Hapka , Michael Hanfland , Maciej Dranka , Grzegorz Chałasiński , Janusz Zachara


Investigations into the helium permeation of arsenolite, the cubic, molecular arsenic(III) oxide polymorph As4O6, were carried out to under stand how and why arsenolite helium clathrate As4O6·2He is formed. High-pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments on arsenolite single crystals revealed that the permeation of helium into nonporous arsenolite depends on the time for which the crystal is subjected to high pressure and on the crystal history. The single crystal was totally transformed into As4O6·2He within 45 hunder 5GPa. After release of the pressure, arsenolite was recovered and a repeated increase in pressure up to 3GPa led to practically instant As4O6·2He formation. However, when a pristine arsenolite single crystal was quickly subjected to apressure of 13 GPa, no helium permeation was observed at all. No neon permeation was observed in analogous experiments. Quantum mechanical computations indicate that there are no specific attractive interactions between He atoms and As4O6 molecules at the distances observed in the As4O6·2He crystal structure. Detailed analysis of As4O6 molecular structure changes has shown that the introduction of He into the arsenolite crystal lattice significantly reduces molecular deformations by decreasing the anisotropy of stress exerted on the As4O6 molecules. This effect and the pΔV term, rather than any specific As···He binding, are the driving forces for the formation As4O6·2He.
Author Piotr Guńka (FC / CICSST)
Piotr Guńka,,
- Chair Of Inorganic Chemistry And Solid State Technology
, Michał Hapka
Michał Hapka,,
, Michael Hanfland
Michael Hanfland,,
, Maciej Dranka (FC / CICSST)
Maciej Dranka,,
- Chair Of Inorganic Chemistry And Solid State Technology
, Grzegorz Chałasiński
Grzegorz Chałasiński,,
, Janusz Zachara (FC / CICSST)
Janusz Zachara,,
- Chair Of Inorganic Chemistry And Solid State Technology
Journal seriesChemphyschem, ISSN 1439-4235, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.5
ASJC Classification1606 Physical and Theoretical Chemistry; 3107 Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)35
ScoreMinisterial score = 35.0, 16-04-2019, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 35.0, 16-04-2019, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 1; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 0.771; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 2.947 (2) - 2017=2.95 (5)
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