Synthesis, crystal structure, and electronic structure of Ba2GeTe3(Te2)

Jai, Prakash and Mesbah, Adel and Lebègue, Sébastien and Ibers, James A (2019) Synthesis, crystal structure, and electronic structure of Ba2GeTe3(Te2). Solid State Sciences, 97. p. 105974. ISSN 12932558

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Black crystals of Ba2GeTe3(Te2) were obtained by the “U-assisted” reaction of U, Ba, Ge, and Te at 1173 K using the sealed-tube method. The crystal structure of Ba2GeTe3(Te2) was determined by a single crystal X-ray study at 100(2) K. It crystallizes in the space group Pnma of the orthorhombic crystal system with four formula units in a cell with constants a = 6.7900(14) Å, b = 23.720(5) Å, and c = 6.9300(14) Å. The crystal structure of Ba2GeTe3(Te2) can be described as pseudo one-dimensional with zig-zag chains of 1 ∞[GeTe3 2−] where each Ge atom is bonded to four Te atoms in a distorted tetrahedron. These chains are separated by the Ba2+ cations and homoatomic dimers of Te2 2−. Around each Ba atom there are nine Te atoms in a distorted tricapped trigonal prism. Charge balance in Ba2GeTe3(Te2) is achieved with 2 × Ba2+, 1 × Ge4+, 3 × Te2−, and 1 × Te2 2−. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations suggest Ba2GeTe3(Te2) is a metal with Ge- and Te-derived states contributing the most around the Fermi level.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Barium germanium telluride, Crystal structure, Electronic structure, Solid-state syntheses, Te–Te single bond, Indexed in Scopus
Subjects: Chemistry
Divisions: Department of Chemistry
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2019 06:17
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