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Jacques Barbier


Dipl. Ing. (1976, École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris)
M.Sc. (1978, University of Toronto
Ph.D. (1985, Australian National University)

Mailing Address:
Jacques Barbier 
Department of Chemistry 
McMaster University 
Hamilton, Ont., Canada 
L8S 4M1
Voice (905) 525-9140, ext. 23477 
FAX (905) 522-2509
Office: ABB-420 
Laboratory: ABB-443, 438

Crystal Chemistry of Oxide and Mineral Compounds

Research Interests:

The crystal chemistry of inorganic and mineral oxides and oxy-salts (e.g. borates, phosphates etc.), including the determination and description of crystal structures, the study of polymorphic transformations, and the synthesis and characterization of new compounds. The major experimental techniques used routinely are:  solid-state reactions and single-crystal growth by flux and hydrothermal methods; powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction, powder neutron diffraction as well as electron diffraction and transmission electron microscopy.

Recent Research Topics:

  • Synthesis and characterization of  novel inorganic borates. Examples of novel compounds recently discovered in our laboratory include BaBiBO4, PbMBO4 (M = Al, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ga), BaMBO3F2 (M = Al, Ga), Ba2GaB4O9X (X = Cl,Br) and Ba3Ti3O6(BO3)2.
  • Ab-initio structure determination of crystal structures from powder X-ray and neutron diffraction data. Applications of the program FOX created by V. Favre-Nicolin & R. Cerny. Examples of structures solved recently include SrBi2OB4O9, BaBiBO4 and MBi2O(BO3)2 (M = Ca, Sr). This work has been done in collaboration with Lachlan Cranswick from the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre.

All the crystal structure drawings on this page have been drawn with XTALDRAW.


Recent  Publications:

- J. Barbier*, L.J.M. Davis, G.R. Goward & L.M.D. Cranswick (2009) "Ab initio structure determination of SrBi2OB4O9 by powder X-ray/neutron diffraction and NMR spectroscopy", Powder Diffraction 24, 35-40.

- J. Barbier (2007) "The noncentrosymmetric borate chlorides Ba2TB4O9Cl, (T = Al,Ga)" Solid State Sciences 9, 344-350.

- J. Barbier* & L.M.D. Cranswick (2006) "The non-centrosymmetric borate oxides, MBi2B2O7 (M = Ca,Sr)" Journal of Solid State Chemistry 179, 3958-3964.

- J. Barbier*, N. Penin, A. Denoyer & L.M.D. Cranswick (2005) "BaBiBO4, a novel non-centrosymmetric borate oxide" Solid State Sciences 7, 1005-1061.

- J. Barbier*, N. Penin & L.M.D. Cranswick (2005) "The melilite-type borates Bi2ZnB2O7 and CaBiGaB2O7" Chemistry of Materials 17, 3130-3136.

- H. Park, A. Bakhtiiarov, W. Zhang, I. Vargas-Baca & J. Barbier* (2004) "Non-centrosymmetric Ba3Ti3O6(BO3)2" Journal of Solid State Chemistry 177, 159-164.


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Updated 15 January 2010

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