Chemistry:Lanthanum decahydride

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Lanthanum decahydride
3D model (JSmol)
Molar mass 148.985 g·mol−1
a = 5.1019(5) Å
at 150 GPa
132.80(4) Å3
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Lanthanum decahydride is a polyhydride or superhydride compound of lanthanum and hydrogen (LaH10) that has shown promise in an experiment reported by Drozdov, Eremets et al in 2019 of being a high-temperature superconductor. It has a superconducting transition temperature TC ~ 250 K (−23 °C; −10 °F) at a pressure of 150 gigapascals (GPa), and its synthesis required pressures above ~160 GPa.[2] The possibility of the existence of the superconducting state in hydrogenated compounds was proposed by Ashcroft in 2004.[3]


The compound exhibits a Meissner effect below the superconducting transition temperature.[4] A cubic form can be synthezised at 1,000 K (730 °C; 1,340 °F),[2] and a hexagonal crystal structure can be formed at room temperature.[5]

The cubic form has each lanthanum atom surrounded by 32 hydrogen atoms, which form the vertices of an 18 faced shape called a chamfered cube.[6]

A similar compound lanthanum boron octahydride was computationally predicted to be a superconductor at 126 K with a pressure of 50 GPa.[7]


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