Tags: Trisilicon tetranitride - beta

Material Details

Final Magnetic Moment
0.001 μB

Calculated total magnetic moment for the unit cell within the magnetic ordering provided (see below). Typically accurate to the second digit.

Magnetic Ordering
Formation Energy / Atom
-0.678 eV

Calculated formation energy from the elements normalized to per atom in the unit cell.

Energy Above Hull / Atom
0.635 eV

The energy of decomposition of this material into the set of most stable materials at this chemical composition, in eV/atom. Stability is tested against all potential chemical combinations that result in the material's composition. For example, a Co2O3 structure would be tested for decomposition against other Co2O3 structures, against Co and O2 mixtures, and against CoO and O2 mixtures.

1.27 g/cm3

The calculated bulk crystalline density, typically underestimated due calculated cell volumes overestimated on average by 3% (+/- 6%)

Decomposes To
Band Gap
2.525 eV

In general, band gaps computed with common exchange-correlation functionals such as the LDA and GGA are severely underestimated. Typically the disagreement is reported to be ~50% in the literature. Some internal testing by the Materials Project supports these statements; typically, we find that band gaps are underestimated by ~40%. We additionally find that several known insulators are predicted to be metallic.

Space Group

Hermann Mauguin
P63/m [176]
-P 6c
Point Group
Crystal System

Electronic Structure

Band Structure and Density of States

Warning! Semi-local DFT tends to severely underestimate bandgaps. Please see the wiki for more info.

X-Ray Diffraction

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Calculated powder diffraction pattern; note that peak spacings may be affected due to inaccuracies in calculated cell volume, which is typically overestimated on average by 3% (+/- 6%)

X-Ray Absorption Spectra


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Reference for minimal coincident interface area (MCIA) and elastic energy:
substrate orientation:
No elastic tensor calculated for this material, so elastic energies not avaialable. Sorting by MCIA instead.
substrate material substrate orientation film orientation MCIA [Å2]
AlN (mp-661) <0 0 1> <0 0 1> 135.9
AlN (mp-661) <1 0 0> <1 0 0> 202.7
AlN (mp-661) <1 1 1> <1 0 0> 202.7
DyScO3 (mp-31120) <0 1 0> <1 1 0> 175.6
LiF (mp-1138) <1 0 0> <1 0 0> 101.4
Bi2Se3 (mp-541837) <0 0 1> <0 0 1> 135.9
TeO2 (mp-2125) <1 1 0> <1 0 0> 101.4
GdScO3 (mp-5690) <0 1 0> <1 1 0> 175.6
LaF3 (mp-905) <0 0 1> <0 0 1> 135.9
TbScO3 (mp-31119) <0 1 0> <1 1 0> 175.6
BaTiO3 (mp-5986) <1 0 0> <1 0 0> 101.4
ZrO2 (mp-2858) <1 0 1> <1 1 0> 175.6
CsI (mp-614603) <1 1 0> <1 1 0> 175.6
MgAl2O4 (mp-3536) <1 0 0> <1 0 0> 202.7
SrTiO3 (mp-4651) <1 0 0> <1 1 0> 175.6
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minimal coincident interface area.


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Similar Structures beta feature

Explanation of dissimilarity measure: Documentation.
material dissimilarity Ehull # of elements
Up to 5 similar elemental, binary, ternary, quaternary, etc. structures displayed (dissimilarity threshold 0.75). Ehull: energy above hull per atom [eV].

Synthesis Descriptions

The commercial PEEK (GATONE, Grade 5300PF) was used as matrix. The silicon nitride (Si3N4) nanoparticles purchased from Aldrich Chemical Company was used as reinforcement. The density and BET specifi [...]
Pressureless sintered -Si3N4 materials containing either 0, 17 or 34 wt% of SiC and 105wt% Al2O3 + 45 wt% Y2O3 additives were heat-treated to stabilize the microstructure by devitrification of the [...]
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Calculation Summary

Structure Optimization

Run Type
Energy Cutoff
520 eV
# of K-points
U Values
Final Energy/Atom
-7.5472 eV
Corrected Energy
-316.9842 eV
-316.9842 eV = -316.9842 eV (uncorrected energy)

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  • Trisilicon tetranitride - beta

Displaying lattice parameters for primitive cell; note that calculated cell volumes are typically overestimated on average by 3% (+/- 6%). Note the primitive cell may appear less symmetric than the conventional cell representation (see "Structure Type" selector below the 3d structure)