Special Issue "Electronic Structures of Polar Intermetallic Compounds"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.
Interests: solid-state chemistry; polar intermetallic compounds; crystal structure; materials properties; nature of bonding; quantum chemistry
In light of the growing demand for materials addressing future challenges, there is a critical need to design solid-state materials that meet the respective task-specific requirements. To do so, it is mandatory to understand the electronic structure of a given solid-state material because the knowledge of the electronic structure of given solid-state compound provides conclusive information about its chemical and physical properties. Furthermore, investigating the electronic structures of previously unknown materials, which is the workhorse of today´s computational materials design, allows the acceleration of the discoveries of unprecedented compounds of interest. To accomplish the tailored design of materials, diverse experimental as well as quantum-chemical means have meanwhile been made available to the multidisciplinary community of materials scientists.
In the quest for new materials, previous explorative efforts that have employed both experimental and quantum-chemical means determined a unique group of solid-state materials dubbed as "polar intermetallic compounds". The crystal structures of these intermetallics are typically composed of polycationic or polyanionic fragments combined with monoatomic counterions, while their electronic structures cannot be understood by applying traditional valence-electron rules. In the present Special Issue, prototypical examples of the group of polar intermetallics are presented to demonstrate the unique kind of electronic structures.
Dr. Simon Steinberg
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- polar intermetallic compounds
- electronic structures
- chemical bonding
- crystal structures