Centennial Honors College Western Illinois University Undergraduate Research Day 2014 Poster Presentation Solid State Synthesis of New Ba2MnRuO6 Double Perovskite Crystal Terrence Petry Faculty Mentor: Brian Bellott Chemistry Solid state chemistry involves synthesizing and analyzing solid materials. Solid materials have properties that are highly sought after, including electronic, magnetic and chemical inertness. To find better properties in these materials, we must create and analyze them. High temperature methods are well known for accomplishing this task. This involves taking solid powders and heating them at extremely high temperatures for lengthy periods of time. This method is useful for forming single crystals and polycrystalline material. One interesting family of crystals is the double perovskites. These materials have the general formula A2MM’O6 (A is an alkaline earth metal, M is a first row transition metal, M’ is a second or third row transition metal). This family of crystals is particularly interesting since many of the compounds in the family have strong magnetic properties. These properties could be utilized to develop more effective memory storage devices or strong magnets to use in household applications.