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Ice-fifteen (Ice XV)

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Ice-fifteen (Ice XV)

Ice XV is slightly expanded hydrogen-bonding ordered form of the ice VI phase. Its existence was surmised based on the presence of the ordered forms of other ices at low temperatures. Its structure, using the fully deuterated form (D2O) was first described in 2009 [1582]. It was prepared by using 10 mM DCl (deuterated hydrochloric acid, about one molecule to every 5000 molecules of water) as a dopant to help the ordering rearrangement of the hydrogen-bonding at low temperatures (<130 K). Other dopants have been tried [3324]. Hydrogen ordering is faster in H2O (using HCl) ice VI than in D2O ice VI with the process possibly transitioning through ferroelectric intermediates [2371].


Ice XV is antiferroelectric with all the water molecule dipoles canceling out as each of the two separate interpenetrating networks possess oppositely aligned hydrogen-bonding. As with ice VIII, other ordered but ferroelectric hydrogen-bonding is possible, but such crystals have not yet been found.


The pseudo-orthorhombic crystal (shown opposite), is in P bar1 space group, has cell dimensions a = 6.2323 Å, b = 6.2438 Å, c = 5.7903 Å (90.06º, 89.99º, 89.92º; D2O, at ≈ 0.9 GPa and 80 K) [1582]. During the ordering of the hydrogen-bonding of ice VI, the a and b lattice constants contract whereas there is a pronounced expansion in the c lattice constant [2687].


The three different hydrogen-bonding ordered structures, from [2687]

the three different hydrogen-bonding ordered structures from [2687]

The two networks with ordered hydrogen-bonding can have one of three ordered hydrogen-bonding arrangements (A, B, C, see left) giving six different ordered structures; AA, BB, CC, AB, AC, and BC. With rotations of individual networks, there are 45 different crystalline structures possible [2687]. However, it appears that the found structure contains the highly polar C-type networks and is antiferroelectric.


The computational spectra of Raman, IR, and phonon density of states (PDOS) of ice XV has been described and analyzed [3770].


Ice-fifteen has triple points with ice-six and ice-two (estimated at 130 K, 0.8 GPa), and ice-six and ice-eight (estimated at 130 K, 1.5 GPa) [1582].

Other Ice XVs

It appears (in 2017 [3023]) that another ordered form of ice VI exists that is stable at lower temperatures (< 103 K) and different in structure to the form described above. Thus the earlier form of ice-fifteen (still called ice XV ) is stable between 103 K and 129 K, and the new form is called ice β-XV. At present, it is not known which structure ice β-XV has out of the 45 different crystalline structures possible. More recently, this new form of ice XV has been questioned, with its kinetic features proposed to be related to glass transitions of deep glassy states [3453]. It has further been established that partially ordered states may exist in a mixture of ordered domains within disordered ice VI [3252].


Interactive Jmol structures of ice VI and ice XV are given.




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