Structural Evolution of Solid Phenanthrene at High Pressures

Francesco Capitani, Marc Hoeppner, L. Malavasi, G.A. Artioli, C. Marini, M. Hanfland, P. Dore, Lilia Boeri, P. Postorino

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The effect of hydrostatic pressure on the structure of solid phenanthrene (C14H10) was investigated up to 25.7 GPa through synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction and an evolutionary algorithm for crystal structure prediction based on van der Waals density functional calculations. We observed the onset of a phase transition around 8 GPa from the monoclinic P21 low-pressure phase with two molecules per unit cell arranged in a herringbone fashion to a new high-pressure phase. The best candidate structure for this phase exhibits three molecules in a P1 triclinic unit cell in a parallel arrangement, stabilized by dominant π–π intermolecular interactions. The P21 and P1 phases coexist in the pressure range from 8 to 13 GPa, whereas above 13 GPa only the P1 high-pressure phase is present. At higher pressures (P > 20 GPa), experiments and first-principles calculations suggest a tendency toward amorphization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14310-14316
JournalThe journal of physical chemistry (Washington, DC) / C
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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  • Advanced Materials Science

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Capitani, F., Hoeppner, M., Malavasi, L., Artioli, G. A., Marini, C., Hanfland, M., ... Postorino, P. (2016). Structural Evolution of Solid Phenanthrene at High Pressures. The journal of physical chemistry (Washington, DC) / C, 120, 14310-14316.