Chin. Phys. Lett.  2022, Vol. 39 Issue (5): 056102    DOI: 10.1088/0256-307X/39/5/056102
Pressure-Driven Ne-Bearing Polynitrides with Ultrahigh Energy Density
Lulu Liu1,2, Shoutao Zhang3*, and Haijun Zhang1,2*
1National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, School of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
2Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
3Centre for Advanced Optoelectronic Functional Materials Research and Key Laboratory for UV Light-Emitting Materials and Technology of Ministry of Education, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024, China
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Lulu Liu, Shoutao Zhang, and Haijun Zhang 2022 Chin. Phys. Lett. 39 056102
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Abstract Neon (Ne) can reveal the evolution of planets, and nitrogen (N) is the most abundant element in the Earth's atmosphere. Considering the inertness of neon, whether nitrogen and neon can react has aroused great interest in condensed matter physics and space science. Here, we identify three new Ne–N compounds (i.e., NeN$_6$, NeN$_{10}$, and NeN$_{22}$) under pressure by first-principles calculations. We find that inserting Ne into N$_2$ substantially decreases the polymeric pressure of the nitrogen and promotes the formation of abundant polynitrogen structures. Especially, NeN$_{22}$ acquires a duplex host-guest structure, in which guest atoms (Ne and N$_2$ dimers) are trapped inside the crystalline host N$_{20}$ cages. Importantly, both NeN$_{10}$ and NeN$_{22}$ not only are dynamically and mechanically stable but also have a high thermal stability up to 500 K under ambient pressure. Moreover, ultra-high energy densities are obtained in NeN$_{10}$ (11.1 kJ/g), NeN$_{22}$ (11.5 kJ/g), tetragonal t-N$_{22}$ (11.6 kJ/g), and t-N$_{20}$ (12.0 kJ/g) produced from NeN$_{22}$, which are more than twice the value of trinitrotoluene (TNT). Meanwhile, their explosive performance is superior to that of TNT. Therefore, NeN$_{10}$, NeN$_{22}$, t-N$_{22}$, and t-N$_{20}$ are promising green high-energy-density materials. This work promotes the study of neon-nitrogen compounds with superior properties and potential applications.
Received: 23 March 2022      Express Letter Published: 23 April 2022
PACS:  61.50.Ks (Crystallographic aspects of phase transformations; pressure effects)  
  61.50.Nw (Crystal stoichiometry)  
  71.20.-b (Electron density of states and band structure of crystalline solids)  
  71.15.Pd (Molecular dynamics calculations (Car-Parrinello) and other numerical simulations)  
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