Magnetic and mechanical effects of Mn substitutions in AlFe 2 B 2
Journal article, 2019

The mechanical and magnetic properties of the newly discovered MAB-phase class of materials based upon AlFe 2 B 2 were investigated. The samples were synthesised from stoichiometric amounts of all constituent elements. X-ray diffraction shows that the main phase is orthorhombic with an elongated b-axis, similar to AlFe 2 B 2 . The low hardness and visual inspection of the samples after deformation indicate that these compounds are deformed via a delamination process. When substituting iron in AlFe 2 B 2 with manganese, the magnetism in the system goes from being ferro- to antiferromagnetic via a disordered ferrimagnetic phase exhibited by AlFeMnB 2 . Density functional theory calculations indicate a weakening of the magnetic interactions among the transitions metal ions as iron is substituted by manganese in AlFe 2 B 2 . The Mn-Mn exchange interactions in AlMn 2 B 2 are found to be very small.


Mechanical properties

Magnetocaloric materials

Density functional theory

X-ray diffraction


J. Cedervall

Uppsala University

M. S. Andersson

Uppsala University

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Diana Iuşan

Uppsala University

Erna K. Delczeg-Czirjak

Uppsala University

U. Jansson

Uppsala University

P. Nordblad

Uppsala University

M. Sahlberg

Uppsala University

Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials

0304-8853 (ISSN)

Vol. 482 54-60

Subject Categories

Inorganic Chemistry

Materials Chemistry

Condensed Matter Physics



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