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Bielec, Philipp; Schnick, Wolfgang (2017): Increased Synthetic Control-Gaining Access to Predicted Mg2Si5N8 and beta-Ca2Si5N8. In: Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, Vol. 56, No. 17: pp. 4810-4813
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Abstract

Nitridosilicates represent an intriguing class of materials and are typically made up of highly condensed tetrahedral network structures. Alkaline-earth nitridosilicates emerged as unique host materials for Eu2+ doped luminophores which found broad application in phosphor-converted (pc)-LEDs. In contrast to common strategies of preparing nitridosilicates by bottom-up syntheses, we have now succeeded to post-synthetically design nitridosilicates by ion exchange in metal halide melts. We describe the syntheses of hitherto unknown but predicted alkaline-earth nitridosilicates, Mg2Si5N8 and beta-Ca2Si5N8. Both compounds were obtained by ion exchange starting from pre-synthesized nitridosilicates. In situ investigations of the ion-exchange process show that the Si-N network topology remains preserved. Therefore the reaction offers a significant increase of synthetic control with respect to classical bottom-up syntheses.