Modification of the synthesis of layered titanium chloride nitride

Masashi Tanaka, Noriyuki Kataoka, Haruya Kobayashi, Masaya Fujioka, Masaru Oda, Aishi Yamamoto, Kensei Terashima, Junji Nishii, Hiromi Tanaka, Takayoshi Yokoya

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Layered titanium nitride chloride (TiNCl) exhibits a relatively high superconducting transition of ∼16 K, and it is a candidate for the unconventional superconductor. To better understand the superconductivity, we modified the synthesis process for TiNCl. Highly crystalline TiNCl was prepared by chemical vapor transport at different transport temperatures and intercalated with sodium (Na) metal. Although the crystallographic parameters obtained through Rietveld refinement are similar, the superconducting properties strongly depend on the treatment temperature of pristine TiNCl. Optical and photoemission spectroscopy revealed an in-gap state below the Fermi level, indicating hydrogen incorporation, similar to the case of β−ZrNCl. Hydrogen temperature-programmed desorption revealed hydrogen emission against the heat treatment of the obtained pristine TiNCl. The in-gap state of hydrogen inhibits the introduction of electron carriers from the intercalated Na metal.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111896
JournalMaterials Research Bulletin
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


  • Hydrogen incorporation
  • Nitride halides
  • Optical spectroscopy
  • Photoemission spectroscopy
  • Superconductivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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