Synthesis of the Candidate Topological Compound Ni3Pb2

Alexandra D. Tamerius, Alison B. Altman, Michael J. Waters, Eric A. Riesel, Christos D. Malliakas, Matthew L. Whitaker, Tony Yu, Gilberto Fabbris, Yue Meng, Daniel Haskel, Yanbin Wang, Steven D. Jacobsen, James M. Rondinelli*, Danna E. Freedman*

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Spin-orbit coupling enables the realization of topologically nontrivial ground states. As spin-orbit coupling increases with increasing atomic number, compounds featuring heavy elements, such as lead, offer a pathway toward creating new topologically nontrivial materials. By employing a high-pressure flux synthesis method, we synthesized single crystals of Ni3Pb2, the first structurally characterized bulk binary phase in the Ni-Pb system. Combining experimental and theoretical techniques, we examined structure and bonding in Ni3Pb2, revealing the impact of chemical substitutions on electronic structure features of importance for controlling topological behavior. From these results, we determined that Ni3Pb2completes a series of structurally related transition-metal-heavy main group intermetallic materials that exhibit diverse electronic structures, opening a platform for synthetically tunable topologically nontrivial materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11943-11948
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number27
StatePublished - Jul 13 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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