The crystal structures of new rare earth-based silicate compounds (Ca3Eu2Si3O12, Ca3Gd2Si3O12, Ca3Dy2Si3O12, Ca3Er2Si3O12 and Ca3Lu2Si3O12) have been determined using powder X-ray diffraction. From Rietveld refinement calculations on the collected powder patterns we observe a different distribution of the rare earth ions on the three available crystal sites characterized by different coordination numbers, depending on the ionic radius of the rare earth ion. The reasons of the instability of the silico-carnotite structure for lanthanide ions larger than Eu 3 have been deduced. In addition, in order to detect crystal phase transitions, the powder patterns of Ca 3Eu 2Si 3O 12 and Ca 3Sm 2Si 3O 12 samples have been collected as a function of the temperature (RT-1000 °C range), but no phase transitions have been observed.
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