Syntheses, structures, optical properties, and theoretical calculations of Cs2Bi2ZnS5, Cs2Bi 2CdS5, and Cs2Bi2MnS5

Fu Qiang Huang, Rebecca C. Somers, Adam D. McFarland, Richard P. Van Duyne, James A. Ibers*

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Three new compounds, Cs2Bi2ZnS5, Cs 2Bi2CdS5, and Cs2Bi 2MnS5, have been synthesized from the respective elements and a reactive flux Cs2S3 at 973K. The compounds are isostructural and crystallize in a new structure type in space group Pnma of the orthorhombic system with four formula units in cells of dimensions at 153K of a=15.763(3), b=4.0965(9), c=18.197(4)Å, V=1175.0(4)Å3 for Cs2Bi2ZnS5; a=15.817(2), b=4.1782(6), c=18.473(3) Å, V=1220.8(3) Å3 for Cs2Bi 2CdS5; and a=15.830(2), b=4.1515(5), c=18.372(2)Å, V=1207.4(2)Å3 for Cs2Bi2MnS5. The structure is composed of two-dimensional 2[Bi2MS52-] (M=Zn, Cd, Mn) layers that stack perpendicular to the [100] axis and are separated by Cs+ cations. The layers consist of edge-sharing 1[Bi2S66-] and 1[MS34-] chains built from BiS6 octahedral and MS4 tetrahedral units. Two crystallographically unique Cs atoms are coordinated to S atoms in octahedral and monocapped trigonal prismatic environments. The structure of Cs 2Bi2MS5, is related to that of Na 2ZrCu2S4 and those of the AMM′Q 3 materials (A=alkali metal, M=rare-earth or Group 4 element, M′= Group 11 or 12 element, Q=chalcogen). First-principles theoretical calculations indicate that Cs2Bi2ZnS5 and Cs2Bi2CdS5 are semiconductors with indirect band gaps of 1.85 and 1.75eV, respectively. The experimental band gap for Cs2Bi2CdS5 is ≃1.7eV, as derived from its optical absorption spectrum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334-341
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2003


  • Band gap
  • Cesium bismuth metal sulfides
  • Crystal structure
  • Synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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