Structural evolution and electronic mechanism for KBH4 phase transition from first-principles calculations Academic Article uri icon


  • 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. The structural evolution and electronic mechanism for KBH4 phase transition have been systematically investigated using first-principles calculations. The present results demonstrate experimentally observed stability order of -KBH4 > -KBH4 > -KBH4, and the predicted transition pressure at 0 K for cubic tetragonal orthorhombic phase transformation agrees reasonably with experimental measure. The atomic process indicates that KBH4 structural evolution is closely related to rotation and deformation of [BH4]- clusters as well as shift of [BH4]- clusters and K atoms. Along with phase transformation, the band gap of KBH4 narrows, the B-H covalent bond weakens while K-H interaction enhances, the K-K anti-bonding and coulomb repulsion are also stronger.

published proceedings

  • Chemical Physics Letters

author list (cited authors)

  • Wu, D., Wang, H., Shao, L., Wei, L., & Tang, B.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Wu, Dong-Hai||Wang, Hai-Chen||Shao, Lin||Wei, Liu-Ting||Tang, Bi-Yu

publication date

  • January 2015