CaMn2O4 is of interest for use as a cathode in Ca ion batteries. Two structures can be
prepared the first is orthorhombic and is based on edge-sharing chains of MnO6
octahedra. The second is tetragonal and contains corner sharing MnO6 octahedra. The
volumes of the MnO6 octahedra are 11.82 and 8.89 Å3, respectively
a) Which of the two structures, orthorhombic or tetragonal, is likely to be stable at high
a) High pressure favors the reduction of crystal volume, hence, tetragonal would be stable. Its volume is lower, since its crystal consists of octahedra with lower volume, than the orthorhombic phase.