Polytelluride compounds containing distorted nets of tellurium

Rhonda Patschke*, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis

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The propensity of solid state polytelluride compounds to form structures with extended square nets of tellurium and the physicochemical properties of these nets is discussed in view of recent results showing that these square nets of tellurium are in fact average structures. The real structures are strongly modulated, giving rise to patterns within these nets that involve polytelluride oligomers. The patterns are dictated by the average electron-count on the tellurium atoms and often, sophisticated crystallographic techniques (electron diffraction, superstructure, and super spacegroup approaches) are required to elucidate them. In this account we discuss the structural peculiarities observed in KCuCeTe4, RbCuCeTe4, Na0.8Ag1.2CeTe4, K2.5Ag4.5Ce2Te9, K2.5Ag4.5La2Te9, Cu0.66EuTe2, KCu2EuTe4, Na0.2Ag2.8EuTe4, and K0.65Ag2Eu1.35Te4.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3266-3281
Number of pages16
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 18 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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