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Revealing the Bonding Nature in an ALnZnTe3-Type Alkaline-Metal (A) Lanthanide (Ln) Zinc Telluride by Means of Experimental and Quantum-Chemical Techniques

Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Landoltweg 1, D-52074 Aachen, Germany
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Crystals 2020, 10(10), 916; https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst10100916
Received: 17 September 2020 / Revised: 6 October 2020 / Accepted: 8 October 2020 / Published: 10 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Intermetallic)
Tellurides have attracted an enormous interest in the quest for materials addressing future challenges, because many of them are at the cutting edge of basic research and technologies due to their remarkable chemical and physical properties. The key to the tailored design of tellurides and their properties is a thorough understanding of their electronic structures including the bonding nature. While a unique type of bonding has been recently identified for post-transition-metal tellurides, the electronic structures of tellurides containing early and late-transition-metals have been typically understood by applying the Zintl−Klemm concept; yet, does the aforementioned formalism actually help us in understanding the electronic structures and bonding nature in such tellurides? To answer this question, we prototypically examined the electronic structure for an alkaline metal lanthanide zinc telluride, i.e., RbDyZnTe3, by means of first-principles-based techniques. In this context, the crystal structures of RbLnZnTe3 (Ln = Gd, Tb, Dy), which were obtained from high-temperature solid-state syntheses, were also determined for the first time by employing X-ray diffraction techniques. View Full-Text
Keywords: polar intermetallics; tellurides; chemical bonding analysis polar intermetallics; tellurides; chemical bonding analysis
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Eickmeier, K.; Steinberg, S. Revealing the Bonding Nature in an ALnZnTe3-Type Alkaline-Metal (A) Lanthanide (Ln) Zinc Telluride by Means of Experimental and Quantum-Chemical Techniques. Crystals 2020, 10, 916.

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