Yttrium nitride

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Yttrium nitride
Yttrium nitride
3D model (JSmol)
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EC Number
  • 247-248-8
  • InChI=1S/N.Y
  • [N].[Y]
Molar mass 102.913 g/mol
Appearance black crystalline
Density 5.60 g/cm3
Melting point ~3033K (2760°C; 5000°F)
cubic, cF8
Fm3m, No. 225
GHS labelling:
GHS02: FlammableGHS05: Corrosive
H228, H314
P210, P240, P241, P260, P264, P280, P301+P330+P331, P303+P361+P353, P304+P340, P305+P351+P338, P310, P321, P363, P370+P378, P405, P501
Safety data sheet (SDS) External MSDS
Related compounds
Other anions
Yttrium phosphide
Yttrium(III) arsenide
Yttrium(III) antimonide
Other cations
Scandium nitride
Lutetium nitride
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Yttrium nitride, YN, is a nitride of yttrium.

Yttrium nitride is hard ceramic material similar to titanium nitride and zirconium nitride.

The nitrides of lanthanum, scandium, and yttrium show semiconducting properties and additionally the lattice structure of YN differs only by 8% from that of gallium nitride. This makes YN a possible buffer layer between a substrate and the GaN layer during GaN crystal growth.


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