Physics and Chemistry of Minerals

, Volume 42, Issue 8, pp 663–670 | Cite as

Synthesis, crystal structure, high-temperature behavior and magnetic properties of CoBiO(AsO4), a Co analogue of paganoite

  • Almaz Aliev
  • Michael S. Kozin
  • Marie Colmont
  • Oleg I. Siidra
  • Sergey V. Krivovichev
  • Olivier Mentré
Original Paper


Single crystals and powder samples of Co analogue of paganoite CoBiO(AsO4) have been obtained by high-temperature solid-state reactions. Crystal structure [triclinic, \(P\bar{ 1 }\), a = 5.2380(3), b = 6.8286(4), c = 7.6150(4) Å, α = 111.631(2), β = 108.376(2), γ = 108.388(2)°, V = 209.55(2) Å3] has been refined to R 1 = 0.018 on the basis of 1524 unique observed reflections. CoBiO(AsO4) is isotypic to paganoite, NiBiO(AsO4). The crystal structure can be described as based upon [OCoBi]3+ chains of edge-sharing (OBi2Co2) tetrahedra linked via (AsO4) groups. Differential thermal analysis reveals no phase decomposition till 850 °C, when the compound starts to melt. A small endothermic peak is observed near 330 °C. Thermal expansion has been studied by high-temperature powder X-ray diffraction. Thermal expansion coefficients (α a  = 10.1 × 10−6, α b  = 12.6 × 10−6, α c  = 10.5 × 10−6 K−1) indicate a relatively isotropic behavior with the less intense expansion direction parallel to the direction of the chains of oxocentered tetrahedra. Magnetic susceptibility of CoBiO(AsO4) reveals the presence of an antiferromagnetic ordering at T N = 15.4 K.


Paganoite Crystal structure Magnetic properties Thermal expansion Oxocentered tetrahedra 



We are grateful to Cristian Biagioni and anonymous reviewer for the useful remarks. This work was supported by the Fonds Européeen de Développement Régional (FEDER), CNRS, Région Nord Pas-de-Calais, Russian President Grant MК-3756.2014.5 (O.I.S.), SPbSU internal grant (K.M.S.), and Russian Foundation for Basic Research (S.V.K., Grant # 14-05-00910). Ministère de l’Education Nationale de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche is acknowledged for funding the X-ray diffractometers. This work was carried out under the framework of the Multi-InMaDe project supported by the ANR (Grant ANR 2011-JS-08 00301).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Almaz Aliev
    • 1
  • Michael S. Kozin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Marie Colmont
    • 1
  • Oleg I. Siidra
    • 2
  • Sergey V. Krivovichev
    • 2
  • Olivier Mentré
    • 1
  1. 1.UCCS, UMR 8181Université Lille Nord de France, USTLVilleneuve d’AscqFrance
  2. 2.Department of CrystallographySt. Petersburg State UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia

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