@article{David Njuguna Maina_Philip Nyawere_Eliah Wabululu_2023, title={The First-principles calculation of elastic and electronic structure properties of hexagonal Antiperovskite-type carbides XCCr3 (X=Al, Ga or Zn) materials}, volume={13}, url={https://journals.kabarak.ac.ke/index.php/kjri/article/view/322}, DOI={10.58216/kjri.v13i2.322}, abstractNote={<p>Hexagonal chromium-based Antiperovskite materials have been attracting a lot of research interest lately as a result of their superconducting properties. In this study, the elastic and electronic structure properties of XCCr<sub>3</sub>&nbsp;(X= Al, Ga or Zn) were investigated using first-principles density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximations using Quantum Espresso code. Shear Modulus (G), Young’s Modulus (E), Bulk modulus (B), Poisson ratios (υ), and Zener anisotropy factor (A) values are calculated and evaluated in calculations of elastic properties. Mechanical stability and stiffness of these materials are determined and XCCr<sub>3</sub>&nbsp;(X= Al, Ga or Zn) compounds are found to be mechanically stable at zero pressure. The Fermi level locates at the vicinity of the density of states (DOS) peak, which leads to large DOS at the Fermi level N(E<sub>F</sub>) with values of 4.89, 5.72, and 4.32 states/eV for AlCCr<sub>3</sub>, GaCCr<sub>3,&nbsp;</sub>and ZnCCr<sub>3</sub>&nbsp;respectively. The band structures are similar to that of superconducting Antiperovskite MgCNi<sub>3</sub>.</p>}, number={2}, journal={Kabarak Journal of Research & Innovation}, author={David Njuguna Maina and Philip Nyawere and Eliah Wabululu}, year={2023}, month={Mar.}, pages={28–37} }