Crystal/glass phase change in KSb5S8 studied through thermal analysis techniques

K. Chrissafis, Theodora Kyratsi, K. M. Paraskevopoulos, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis*

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The reversible crystal-glass and glass-crystal transitions discovered in KSb5S8 were studied in detail with nonisothermal scanning calorimetry techniques. When cooled, molten KSb5S8 becomes a metastable glass, which can quantitatively revert to the crystalline form if heated above 277 °C. Crystalline KSb5S8 is a red semiconductor with a band gap of 1.82 eV, whereas the glass (also red) shows a lower but equally well-defined band gap of 1.67 eV. Two approaches have been used to analyze the glass transition. The activation energy of crystallization Ec was calculated using the Kissinger (∼167 ± 3.1 kJ/mol) and Flynn-Wall-Ozawa methods. The kinetic parameters and energy band gaps determined for KSb5S8 suggest possible utility of this system for phase-change, high-density optical data storage applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1932-1937
Number of pages6
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 18 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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