Turnbull, R., Errandonea, D., Sans, J. Á., Cuenca-Gotor, V. P., Vilaplana, R. I., Ibáñez, J., Popescu, C., Szczeszak, A., Lis, S., & Manjón, F. J. (2021). GdBO3 and YBO3 crystals under compression. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 866, 158962. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2021.158962
High-pressure X-ray diffraction studies on nanocrystals of the GdBO3 and YBO3 rare-earth orthoborates are herein reported up to 17.4(2) and 13.4(2) GPa respectively. The subsequent determination of the room-temperature pressure-volume equations of state is presented and discussed in the context of contemporary publications which contradict the findings of this work. In particular, the isothermal bulk moduli of GdBO3 and YBO3 are found to be 170(13) and 163(13) GPa respectively, almost 50% smaller than recent findings. Our experimental results provide an accurate revision of the high-pressure compressibility behaviour of GdBO3 and YBO3 which is consistent with the known systematics in isomorphic borates and previous ab initio calculations. Finally, we discuss how experimental/analytical errors could have led to unreliable conclusions reported elsewhere.