Effect of nickel on the high-pressure phases in FeH

Helene Piet, Andrew V.G. Chizmeshya, Bin Chen, Stella Chariton, Eran Greenberg, Vitali B. Prakapenka, Sang Heon Shim

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Hydrogen-rich metal alloys and compounds have drawn interest from planetary geophysics and condensed matter physics communities because of their potential for deep hydrogen storage in planets and high-temperature superconductivity. We find that a small amount of Ni can alter the phase behavior in the FeH alloy system. Ni can stabilize the double hexagonal close-packed (dhcp) structure in FeH up to the liquidus at 33 GPa, which is in contrast with the stability of the face-centered cubic (fcc) structure in Ni-free FeH at the same conditions. Above 60 GPa, Ni suppresses the stability of the tetragonal FeH2 phase but stabilizes fcc FeH at higher temperatures. At the same pressure range, we find tetragonal FeH2 and cubic FeH3 to be stable at temperatures above 2500 K without Ni. Therefore, in planetary interiors, Ni will expand the stability field of dense close-packed structures in the FeH system. If the Ni content is low, then FeH2 and FeH3 can play an important role in the cores of hydrogen-rich planets. Also, our study demonstrates that a secondary alloying component can severely impact the high-pressure stability of polyhydrides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number224106
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number22
StatePublished - Dec 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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