The Ruddlesden–Popper (RP3) type oxides, La4Co3O10+δ and La4Ni3O10+δ, form a complete solid solution. Powder X-ray and neutron diffraction data show that La4(Co1−xNix)3O10+δ is isostructural to the monoclinic La4Co3O10+δ structure (P21/a) described for all compositions without any further structural distortions as suggested in the literature. A slight elongation of the Co/Ni–O bonds facing the rock salt interlayer occurs for Ni-rich compositions. The magnetic properties of the solid solution series are mapped in the temperature range from 4 to 300 K, and the results are presented in a magnetic phase diagram. Three regimes with antiferromagnetic order (AF) exist at low temperatures, TN < 10 − 30 K. For x = 0.00, the AF is ascribed to Co(II), whereas a broader AF regime around x = 0.50 is ascribed mainly to Ni(II). Pauli paramagnetism is observed close to metallic La4Ni3O10+δ, x > 0.80. The possibility to tune the oxidation state of the transition metal atoms is demonstrated for La4Co3O10+δ, and exemplified by weakening of a temperature-induced spin transition at around 480 K.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Phase Transitions: A Multinational Journal, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com