We present a combined high pressure Ni K-edge x-ray absorption and Raman spectroscopic investigation of β-Ni(OH)2. Extended x-ray absorption fine structure analysis reveals a progressive shrinking of the Ni-O and Ni-Ni bond distances with pressure. As pressure is increased, Raman data show a continuous hardening of the phonon modes associated with the vibration of Ni-O sublattice, whereas a systematic frequency softening is displayed by the hydroxyl (O-H) symmetric stretching mode. This contrasting behavior implies a gradual development of a lattice instability with pressure in nickel hydroxide. Under pressure hydrogen bonds become increasingly unstable mainly due to the displacement of H atoms around the Ni-O axis inducing a local-lattice instability may explain the structural, Raman and x-ray absorption results.
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Marini, C., Joseph, B., Caramazza, S., Capitani, F., Bendele, M., Kantor, I., Lotti, P., Mathon, O., Pascarelli, S., & Postorino, P. (2017). Local structure investigation of β-Ni(OH)2 under pressure using combined Raman and Ni K-edge extended x-ray absorption fine structure studies. High Pressure Research, 37(1), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1080/08957959.2016.1269174