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High-Density Electron Anions in a Nanoporous Single Crystal: [Ca24Al28O64]4+(4e-)

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Science  01 Aug 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5633, pp. 626-629
DOI: 10.1126/science.1083842

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Abstract

We removed ∼100% of clathrated oxygen ions from the crystallographic cages in a single crystal of 12CaO·7Al2O3, leading to the formation of high-density (∼2 × 1021 cm3) electrons highly localized in the cages. The resulting electron forms a structure that we interpret as an F+ center and migrates throughout the crystal by hopping to a neighboring cage with conductivity ∼100 siemens per centimeter, demonstrating that the encaged electron behaves as an anion. The electron anions couple antiferromagnetically with each other, forming a diamagnetic pair or singlet bipolaron. The resulting [Ca24Al28O64]4+(4e) may be regarded as a thermally and chemically stable single crystalline “electride.”

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