A majority of materials in the universe exist under conditions of high pressure and high temperature, deep in the planets and stars. Under these conditions, first- and second-row elemental solids, usually known only as molecules or elements, form novel dense covalent or ionic solids in three-dimensional (3D) network structures1,2. These structures are extremely hard, have high energy density and exhibit novel electro/optical properties. The structures and properties of these elemental solids can be viewed as nature’s “windows” to unexplored novel materials beyond the class of diamond and c-BN.

These transformations from molecular solids to non-molecular extended solids constitute solid-state chemical reactions occurring where compression energies are comparable to chemical bond energies, but substantially greater than those of defects and grain boundaries in solids (i.e., PΔV ~ ΔHbond>>ΔHdefects)3. Therefore, the transition products are primarily bound by thermodynamic constraints, which can be predicted in terms of first principles in chemistry and physics4,5,6. However, the governing mechanisms are complex and often result in unusual phase diagrams with a large number of polymorphs, metastable phases and path-dependent phase behaviors7. This complexity, commonly shared in many molecular systems at high pressures8, poses both theoretical and experimental challenges, particularly in understanding high-pressure behaviors of dense molecular solids in the transition regime where the long-range interactions become comparable or even greater than hydrogen bonding9,10.

Carbonyl sulfide (OCS) is the most abundant sulfur containing material in Earth’s atmosphere11 and is a linear triatomic molecule. It is isovalent to carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon disulfide (CS2), which exhibit complex phase diagrams under pressure (see Fig. S1). Upon compression to 1–3 GPa, these molecules solidify into crystal structures typical of molecular solids12: Pa3 for CO2-I13, R3m for OCS-I14, Cmca for CS2-I 15. The Cmca structure has also been observed in CO2-III13 above 10 GPa at ambient temperature and CO2-VII16 above ~8 GPa at high temperatures near the melt. However, it is generally considered that the Cmca phase of CO2-III is metastable17 with respect to the P42/mnm structure of CO2-II18, in the same pressure region (10–40 GPa). Yet, it is the phase that transforms into non-molecular extended solids in both CO2 and CS2 upon further compression1,19.

The high-pressure phase behaviors of CO2 and CS2 become widely diverse as pressure increases above 10 GPa (see Fig. S1), hinting at the need for systematic high-pressure studies of OCS. CO2-III (Cmca), for example, develops distinctive strains (100 GPa/mm at ~20 GPa)1 and disorders in the lattice and, eventually, converts to non-molecular phases of amorphous a-CO2 near ambient temperature at 60–80 GPa20 or crystalline CO2-V upon heating (above 1500 K) at 40 GPa1,21. In contrast, CS2-I (Cmca) remains a highly crystalline molecular solid to ~10 GPa22, where it transforms to linear polymeric CS2-II (or CS3 phase) with three-fold coordinated carbons and, then, four-folded CS2-III (CS4 phase) at around 30–50 GPa and six-fold CS2-IV (CS6 phase) at 103 GPa19. Interestingly, these non-molecular solids exhibit very different structures and electronic properties, ranging from an optically nonlinear wide bandgap crystalline CO2-V to a highly disordered superconducting CS4 phase (Tc = 6.7 K)23. As a result, their phase diagrams are intricate with an array of polymorphs exhibiting great diversity in crystal structures, chemical bonding, collective interactions, metastability and thermal path dependent phases and phase boundaries3,7.

Despite an extensive amount of studies on CO2 and CS2, few studies have been done on OCS at high pressures24. This is a serious shortfall, considering the unique role of OCS as a non-centro-symmetric triatomic molecule and underscores the significance of the present study on dense OCS to 130 GPa. Many experiments have been done in diamond anvil cells, using confocal micro-Raman spectroscopy, synchrotron x-ray diffraction and four-probe electric resistance measurements (see Experimental Methods). The present results show a series of phase/chemical transformations in OCS that highlight the significance of long-range dipolar interactions in the transition regime of dense molecular solid and the intermediate nature of extended OCS between the two end members of extended CO2 and CS2, an important chemical concept for molecular alloys.


Carbonyl sulfide crystallizes into a rhombohedral (R3m) structure below 134 K at ambient pressure14. In this structure, all OCS molecules are aligned to the body diagonal direction, representing a polar molecular crystal with an intrinsic dipole moment25, which is distinctive to zero momentum phases of CO2-I (Pa3) and CS2-I (Cmca). Upon compression at ambient temperature, liquid OCS solidifies into a typical molecular solid above 2.7 GPa (call it as phase I or OCS-I), as evident from the Raman spectra in Fig. 1 and the sample appearance in Fig. S2. Unlike CO2 and CS2, non-centro-symmetric OCS allows all three fundamental vibrational modes being Raman active. Those are a symmetric stretching mode v1 at 870 cm−1, a bending mode v2 at 517 cm−1 and an asymmetric stretching mode v3 at 1986 cm−1, at 5 GPa (Fig. 1a). In addition, the bands at 1035 cm−1 and 138 cm−1 represent the first overtone of bending mode 2v2 and a lattice mode, respectively. The relatively strong appearance of the 2ν2 is due to the Fermi resonance between the ν1 and 2ν224.

Figure 1
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Raman spectra of OCS up to 41 GPa at room temperature.

(a) Fundamental Raman modes, v1, v2, 2v2, v3 are denoted C-S stretching, O-C-S bending and overtone and C-O stretching mode respectively. (b) bending and stretching modes of -S-(C = O)-S- and (c) stretching mode of conjugated -C = O in polymeric phase.

Above 10 GPa, the v2 mode increases considerably in intensity and splits into two peaks, indicating a factor group splitting associated with a structural phase transition (to a new phase, OCS-II). In addition, the overtone 2v2 at 1035 cm−1 develops a broad shoulder at 1023 cm−1 above 10 GPa. The lattice mode at 138 cm−1 also develops an asymmetric spectral feature reflecting the peak splitting. This lattice mode shifts rapidly with pressure at a rate of dν/dP ~9.76 cm−1/GPa (Fig. 2).

Figure 2
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Pressure dependence of (a) Raman shift and (b) electric resistance changes of OCS.

Inset shows the microscopic image of recovered OCS at 75 GPa. The black and red symbols signify, data taken during a two different runs and the closed and open symbols signify, respectively data taken during the pressure loading and unloading. The molecular phases I and II remain as crystalline solids, which polymerize to amorphous solids above 20 GPa (phases III and IV), as shown in Figs 3 and 4.

Above 20–25 GPa, all of these sharp modes disappear and, instead, two new broad bands appear at ~547 cm−1 and ~1700 cm−1, as observed in CS2 when it polymerizes to a -S-(C = S)-S- configuration of CS2-II (or CS3 phase) at 10 GPa19. As such, it is likely that these broad asymmetric peaks are, respectively, from the bending and stretching modes of -S-C-S- and the stretching modes of conjugated >C = O in an 1D polymeric configuration -S-(C = O)-S- of polymeric OCS-III. Above 32–40 GPa, the bending and stretching modes of -S-C-S- merge to form a single symmetric band centered at ~570 cm−1 (Fig. 1b), while the C = O stretching mode completely disappears (Fig. 1c). This indicates a further transformation to a fully saturated (or singly bonded) 3D network solid (OCS-IV). The broad peak at ~570 cm−1 can then be assigned to the bending mode of the corner-sharing –O(O’)C(S’)S- tetrahedral. In fact, the observed frequency of ~570 cm−1 for OCS-IV is consistent with the mass-reduced bending frequencies of 700 cm−1 in CO2-V1 and 455 cm−1 in the CS4 phase19. Upon further compression to 45 GPa or above, all Raman features of OCS disappear (Fig. 2), indicating a complete conversion of OCS-IV to an extended amorphous solid, similar to that in a-carbonia20. These phase/chemical changes in OCS accompany with dramatic changes in its visual appearance; OCS-I became highly polycrystalline, a pale yellow to reddish color developed in OCS-II and dark red to black developed as OCS polymerized to OCS-III and IV (Fig. S2). The observed spectral and Raman changes are reversible at low pressures (below 15 GPa), but become irreversible above ~20 GPa. The recovered samples from 73 GPa exhibits a bright red color.

Amorphous OCS-IV is an insulator below 60 GPa, but it becomes a metal above 105 GPa, as evident from a six-order drop in electric resistance over a wide pressure range of 60 to 105 GPa (Fig. 2). The conducting phase of OCS in this pressure range is opaque and weakly reflective, as shown in Fig. 2 inset and Fig. S2. The measured resistance of the metallic phase above 105 GPa is ~100 Ω – a value typical in poor metals measured in the present DAC configuration23. The optical reflectivity and resistance values of poor metallic OCS are in contrast to those of good metallic CS2 that even superconducts at low temperatures (Fig. S3)19,23. It is also important to emphasize that the metallization in OCS-IV is not due to chemical decomposition, as evident from the reversible resistant change upon pressure unloading. No Raman or diffraction peak potentially associated with decomposition products such as oxygen, carbon, carbon monoxide, or sulfur – were found beyond our detection limits. Note that unlike CS219,23 OCS-IV does not show any conductivity at the onset of polymerization (20–35 GPa), but shows only upon further compression to substantially higher pressure of 100 GPa or above. This indicates an intermediate covalence of OCS bonds between CO2 and CS2.

The pressure-dependent x-ray diffraction changes (Figs 3 and S4) support a series of phase/chemical transformations, as seen in the Raman results. The x-ray pattern of phase I at 2.7 GPa is very similar to that reproduced by the R3m structure of the previous low-temperature neutron experiments (in blue, Fig. 3a)14.Note that phase I develops a preferred orientation on the (110) plane with pressure, becoming the most intense peak above 7 GPa. In fact, the same peak becomes the most intense peak in phase II (i.e., the (111) in Fig. 3c). Therefore, the preferred orientation on the (110) plane seems to signify an incipient growth of the (111) plane of phase II as the pressure approaches transition (Fig. 3c). Note that the diffraction pattern of phase II remains that of polycrystalline OCS to ~20 GPa, above which the sharp diffraction peaks become broad or disappear. Above 40–45 GPa (Figs 3a and S5), the diffraction pattern consists of only two broad peaks (major peak at 2θ = 11.5°, minor around 19° in Fig. S5), a typical diffraction pattern for an amorphous solid.

Figure 3
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(a) The pressure-dependent changes of measured x-ray diffraction patterns to 73 GPa. The x-ray pattern at the bottom (in blue) is reproduced based on the crystal structure previously determined at 90 K and ambient pressure in ref. 14. (b) The measured (cross symbols), refined (solid red line) and difference (green line) diffraction patterns of phase I (R3m) at 2.7 GPa. Blue tick marks represent the Bragg reflections of the R3m structure. The inset shows the refined crystal structure. (c) The measured (cross symbols), refined (solid red line) and difference (green line) diffraction patterns of phase II (Cm) at 11 GPa. Blue tick marks represent the Bragg reflections of the Cm structure. The inset shows the refined crystal structure of phase II based on the R3m space group, showing a relatively poor fit. (d) The pressure-volume compression curve of phase I and II, showing together with the 3rd-order Birch-Murnaghan EOS fits. No significant volume change occurs across the phase I to II transition at ~10 GPa. The inset shows the lattice parameters of phase I and II, as a function of pressure.

The diffraction pattern of phase I can be readily refined with the R3m with Z = 1 (Fig. 3b) using the Rietveld method26. To improve the intensity fit, we applied a preferred orientation on the (110) plane. The refined structure gives unit cell parameters: at 2.7 GPa, a = 3.652(4) Å, α = 96.960(5)° and ρ = 2.098(3) g/cm3, with reduced χ2 = 1.89 (Table S1). All atoms are at 1a(x, x, x) as listed in Table S1. This structure gives linear molecules aligned along the body diagonal direction, similar to that in the Pa3 phase of CO2-I13. The calculated major bond lengths are dCO = 1.281 Å and dCS = 1.502 Å, representing C = O and C = S double bonds.

The diffraction pattern of phase II at 11 GPa (Fig. 1c) shows a slightly distorted monoclinic structure (Cm), which cannot be described with the R3m structure (the inset). For example, the R3m structure gives the (1–10) peak as the strongest. As such, the refinement with a strong preferred orientation on the (110) does not provide reliable atomic coordinates or relevant bond distances of C = O or C = S. On the other hand, the Cm structure fits considerably better in terms of peak positions, asymmetric peak profiles and diffraction intensities. To refine the atomic parameters, we applied crystal models with both linear and bent OCS molecules. For both models, the bond lengths were constrained to 1.0 Å < dC-O < 1.6 Å and 1.3 Å < dC-S < 2.0 Å, which cover sufficient distances for both single and double CO and CS bonds. The results showed that the bent molecular model yielded a much better result with the structural parameters of a = 4.647(3) Å, b = 5.249(5) Å, c = 3.520(3) Å and β = 100.10°(15) at 11 GPa, with reduced χ2 = 2.82. The refined atomic positions are: C(0.702, 0.0, 0.288), O(0.923, 0.0, 0.120) and S(0.467, 0.0, 0.548), yielding a layer structure with OCS molecules aligned along the face diagonal, analogous to that found in CO2-III (Cmca)13. The best-refined structure shows a small bending in OCS (<OCS = ~171.5°) and slightly elongated C = S (dC = S = 1.54 Å) but nearly the same C = O bond distances at 2.7 GPa. Applying the same refinement procedure to the data at 20 GPa, we find that the C = S distance increases to 1.59 Å, about ~6% larger than that at 2 GPa (~1.50 Å), while the C = O distance still remains nearly unchanged at 1.27 Å. Importantly, OCS becomes considerably more bent to <OCS = 156.4° at 20 GPa. This structure (Fig. 4d) has a nearest neighbor distance of 2.31 Å between carbon and sulfur along the [101] direction, the same direction that forms an 1D -S-C( = O)-S- chain upon further compression.

Figure 4
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(a,b) The pressure-dependent change of measured (black circle), PDF refined (red line) and difference (blue line) G(r) patterns at 25 GPa for phase III (Cm) and 35 GPa for phase IV (I21212). The insets present the measured (black) and simulated (red) x-ray scattering function S(Q) for corresponding phases. (c) The pressure-dependent peak shifts of the measured G(r) (open circles), plotted together with the PDF refined pair distances (red stars). Most peaks are composed by scatterings from multiple atomic pairs, however, only the dominant atomic ones are labeled. (d) the refined structure models for OCS polymorphs, highlighting (i) a displacive nature of the phase I to II transition mechanism, (ii) a long-range dipole interaction driven polymerization to 1D phase III and (iii) a density-driven interlayer crossing to phase IV.

Figure 3d shows the pressure dependent unit cell volumes and the 3rd order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state (EOS) fits, together with the pressure-dependent lattice parameters in the inset, to 20 GPa. The compression data shows a gradual volume change across the phase I to II transition without any apparent discontinuity. In fact, these data can be fit well using a single EOS model at Bo = 8.75(0.85) GPa and Bo’ = 4.20(0.29).

To investigate the local structure of disordered phases above 20 GPa, we have performed the pair distribution function (PDF) analysis (see Fig. S5)27. Figure 4 plots the resulting G(r) and S(Q) for (a) phase III at 25 GPa and (b) phase IV at 44 GPa. Because of the similar molecular arrangement between phase II and III, we use the Cm structure to fit the G(r) at 25 GPa. The refined local structure parameters and resulting bond distances reproduce the measured S(Q) (Fig. 4a inset) and G(r) (Fig. 4a), with a = 4.270 Å, b = 4.751 Å, c = 2.894 Å and β = 96.36° with ρ = 3.42 g/cm3. The calculated G(r) peaks at 1.37 Å, 1.72 Å and 2.8 Å, respectively, correspond to the distances for C = O, C-S and S-S bonds, suggesting a 1D polymer chain structure of -S-(C = O)-S- in the ac-plane with three-folded carbon atoms (see Fig. 4d). For comparison, we performed the same PDF analysis at 20 GPa (Fig. S6a) and obtained results consistent with those from the Rietveld refinement of phase II (Table S1).

For phase IV at 44 GPa we applied the structure models for both β-cristobalite (I–42d)21 and tridymite (P212121)28, both observed in CO2-V and CS2-IV. To allow the asymmetric distribution of O, C and S atoms in the I–42d, we used its subgroup I212121. In general, the refined PDF fits are better to the tridymite structure (Fig. 4b) than to the β-cristobalite (Fig. S6b). The resulting parameters for both structures are summarized in Table S2; for tridymite a = 6.528 Å, b = 5.425 Å and c = 6.158 Å with ρ = 3.66 g/cm3 at 44 GPa. The estimated pair distances are dC-O = 1.45 Å, dC-S = 1.76 Å, dS-S = 3.13 Å and dS-S2 = 4.17 Å, which agree well with the measured G(r) peaks (red stars in Fig. 4c). The calculated S(Q) also reproduces the major features of the measured diffraction data (Fig. 4b inset).

Note that the PDF analysis results in a relatively low density, ρ = 3.66 (or 3.79) g/cm3 at 44 (or 73) GPa, compared to ~3.8 g/cm3 of CO2-V21 and ~4.4 g/cm3 of CS2-IV19 at ~70 GPa. Nevertheless, this can be understood in terms of the highly disordered structure of OCS with three- and four-fold coordinated carbons (Fig. 4d). For example, using the G(r) and calculated density, we calculated a coordination number, where, r0 and rmax are the beginning and the ending points of the first peak of radial distribution function, n0 is an atomic number density. We obtained the NC values at 3.16 at 25 GPa for phase III and 3.55 (or 4.12) at 44 (or 73) GPa for phase IV, consistent with the structural model.

Figure 4c presents the atomic pair distances obtained from the Rietveld refinement below 20 GPa and the G(r) above 20 GPa, as a function of pressure. For comparison, the PDF refined G(r) are also plotted in red stars. Note that the majority of G(r) peaks at small r (especially below 2 Å) represent a combined contribution of multiple atomic pairs, whereas the peaks at large r are mainly from sulfur pairs due to the larger scattering cross section of sulfur. It is apparent then, that C = O and C = S double bonds transform to C-O and C-S single bonds in the pressure range of 20–35 GPa. Simultaneously, the second peak centered at ~2.4 Å (noted as dC…O and dC…S) merges with the first peak at ~1.8 Å to form additional C-O and C-S bonds. The intermolecular S-S distance reduces to ~2.8 Å – approximately the S…S distance in an O(O’)C(S’)S tetrahedron. Above 35 GPa, all atomic pair distances slowly decrease with increasing pressure, signifying a densification without any major modification in the tetrahedral units. This is also apparent from the ratio of the first and second G(r) peaks corresponding to the radius-to-edge ratio of a tetrahedron, which remains nearly unchanged 1.60 at 34 GPa and 1.65 at 74 GPa for a nearly perfect tetrahedron29. For comparison, the same ratio for phase II is 1.81 at 15 GPa and 2.19 at 20 GPa. Thus, the results support the finding that phase IV is primarily made of singly bonded corner-sharing tetrahedral in a 3D network structure.


The present structural models of OCS polymorphs provide insight into observed transition mechanisms (Fig. 4d). Note that OCS molecules are aligned to the body diagonal in phase I, whereas they are aligned to the face diagonal in phase II in a similar unit cell. At 11 GPa, two diagonal directions of the ab-plane, a · b = 4.62 Å, a · −b = 5.12 Å and the c-axis, c = 3.45 Å, of phase I (R3m) are very close to a = 4.73 Å, b = 5.21 Å and c = 3.40 Å of phase II (Cm). Thus, the phase I-to-II transformation involves only a simple rotation of OCS molecules from the body diagonal to the face diagonal without a major reconstruction of the unit cell. As it transforms, the unit cell (R3m) becomes slightly distorted (to Cm) and OCS molecules become bent. The degree of bending (or <OCS angle) increases (or decreases) as pressure increases. This weakens C = S double bonds and increases the C = S bond distance. Interestingly, OCS molecules in the Cm phase are aligned in parallel, maximizing the dipole interaction between neighboring molecules in the [101] direction. This is contrary to the staggered arrangement of CO2-III in the Cmca13. Therefore, the OCS structure seems to signify the long-range dipole interaction in this dense molecular solid (phase II) pressure regime, which can be considered a driving force for the polymerization.

We consider the origin of molecular bending in phase II in terms of an orbital distortion of the highest occupied 2 π molecular orbitals (HOMO), which are doubly degenerated and fully occupied. With increased molecular bending, the HOMO orbitals split in two (2 πxz and 2 πyz), rapidly lowering the energy of 2 πxz while slightly increasing that of 2 πyz. Similarly, the lowest unoccupied 3 π molecular orbitals (LUMO) also split in two, again rapidly lowering 3 πxz and slightly increasing 3 πyz. Such orbital distortion has two consequences: (i) stabilizing the bending configuration and lowering total energy and (ii) reducing the band gap energy between the HOMO (2 πyz) and LUMO (3 πxz) orbitals, as evident from the color development in phase II. This compares with linear CO2 and CS2 molecules in the Cmca phase, in which molecules are aligned roughly staggered to each other (i.e., destructive dipole interaction). However, a long-range dipole effect may be important to understand the stability of bent CO2-IV in the P412121 structure, where CO2 molecules are antiferroelectrically ordered along the c-axis30.

Recall that it is this layered Cm (or Cmca) structure that transforms to a non-molecular solid in all three triatomic molecular solids (CO2, CS2 and OCS). However, the three transformations follow quite different mechanisms. For example, the transformation occurs abruptly in OCS (or CS2)19 to an intermediary three-fold 1D polymeric configuration at 20 GPa (or 10 GPa), which then slowly converts to a four-fold 3D network polymer over a large pressure region of 25–70 GPa (30–70 GPa). In contrast, the Cmca phase of CO2 develops considerable lattice strength and disorders over a large pressure range of 10–60 GPa before transforming to a non-molecular amorphous solid (a-carbonia or a-CO2) with three- and four-fold carbons at ambient temperature31,32. Four-fold CO2-V, on the other hand, forms only above 1500 K at 40 GPa, underscoring the strong covalent C = O bonds and the large transition barrier.

The corner-sharing tetrahedral structures found in extended phases of OCS, CS2 and CO2 are essentially open structures, subjected to structural distortions upon compression. This distortion increases the polarization of the CS or CO bonds and, ultimately, leads to a close packed sulfur (or oxygen) structure with small carbon atoms filled in the interstitials. This happens in CO2 at 900 GPa33. The pathway to such an extended lattice (or alloy), however, is controlled by strong kinetics, giving rise to stable crystalline phases with complex structures as well as metastable amorphous solids as seen in silicate minerals34. Note that this pressure-induced ionization to an extended molecular alloy differs from chemical decomposition35, or phase separation, to heterogeneous mixtures of sulfur (or oxygen) and carbon phases via thermal diffusions typically at high temperatures. Inherently, CO2 with its strong covalent CO bonds is more difficult to deform than OCS or CS2, which have more ionic CS bonds. Supporting evidence is found in the fact that the four-fold extended OCS and CS2 phases become completely amorphous solids above ~45 GPa, whereas CO2-V transforms to amorphous solid in the pressure region of 150–200 GPa36.

OCS-IV metallizes at 105 GPa– substantially higher pressure than CS2-III (50 GPa). CO2-V remains as a wide bandgap insulator to at least 220 GPa36. The calculated band structure based on the refined structure at 73 GPa (ρ = 3.8 g/cm3 for tridymite) shows that the band gap closes by band overlap in the Fermi level (see Fig. S7). On the other hand, the modified cristobalite structure has a small band gap (0.428 eV) that collapse beyond 120 GPa at an estimated density of 4.02 g/cm3. The partial density of state shows that the pressure-induced broadening of S 3p is responsible for the metallization, as found in CS2. Yet, the S 3p is hybridized with O 2p in OCS, which makes the gap substantially larger than in CS2, but smaller than in CO2.

Unlike CS219,23 dense OCS does not show any conductivity at the onset of polymerization (20–35 GPa), but does so at a substantially higher pressure of 100 GPa and higher. This indicates an intermediate covalence in carbon tetrahedral bonds of OCS between those of CO2 and CS2. This, in turn, results in intermediate chemical behaviors of extended OCS between its two end members (CS2 and CO2). On the other hand, it is interesting to note that four-fold CS2-III further transforms to six-fold CS2-IV at ~103 GPa23 – the point at which OCS metallizes. While the structure of metallic OCS is unknown, the extrapolation of the present PDF results indicate a further increase in the nearest coordination number of 4.12 at 73 GPa (ρ = 3.8 g/cm3) to 4.66 at 100 GPa (ρ = 3.98 g/cm3), yet still remaining well within the regime of four-fold coordinated carbon atoms.

Experimental Methods

Liquid OCS (99.99%, Sigma-Aldrich) was loaded at around −60 °C into a small area enclosed by a Teflon ring (~10 cm in diameter) surrounding two diamond anvils and a diamond anvil cell gasket. Membrane-driven diamond anvil cells were used with 1/3 carat, type Ia diamond anvils with 300 (or 180) μm culet, depending on the maximum desired pressure. A 200 μm-thick rhenium gasket was pre-indented to 30 μm and a 130 (or 100) μm hole was electro-spark drilled at the center of the gasket. A few small particles of ruby balls were used to determine the sample pressure by the R1 luminescence37.

Raman spectra for OCS were obtained using a home-built confocal micro-Raman system based on a Nd:YLF laser (used the second harmonic at 527 nm). The electrical resistances of OCS were measured at room temperature using a four-probe method23. A rhenium gasket was insulated using a fine powder of alumina mixed with epoxy. Five-μm thick copper electrodes were used with a 30 μm average separation distance between opposite electrodes.

Angle-dispersive x-ray diffraction experiments were performed at a dedicated high-pressure synchrotron beamline BL10XU at the SPring-8 in Japan. We used an intense, highly collimated (0.04 × 0.04 mm2) monochromatic x-ray (λ = 0.4134 Å) coupled with a 2D image plate x-ray detector placed about 450 mm from the sample to obtain high-resolution diffraction images of concentric Debye-Scherrer’s rings from the sample. The image plate distance was determined based on the diffraction pattern of a powder x-ray standard, cubic CeO2 (a = 5.4116 Å)38. These diffraction images were then integrated as a function of 2θ to produce conventional one-dimensional diffraction profile using the Fit2D program39. Crystal structures of OCS phases were determined using the Rietveld methods with GSAS + EXPGUI40. To investigate the structure of amorphous phases, a pair distribution function (PDF) analysis was performed using PDFGetX3 41 and PDFGui42.

Additional Information

How to cite this article: Kim, M. et al. Pressure-induced Transformations of Dense Carbonyl Sulfide to Singly Bonded Amorphous Metallic Solid. Sci. Rep. 6, 31594; doi: 10.1038/srep31594 (2016).