Intermetallic Studies and Bonding Concepts

TitleIntermetallic Studies and Bonding Concepts
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsCorbett JD
Journal TitleEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Date Published09
Type of ArticleEditorial Material
ISBN Number1434-1948
Accession NumberWOS:000295265400003
Keywordsclusters, interactions, Metal-metal, polar intermetallics, Solid-state structures, zintl phases

This essay for EurJIC's cluster issue on polar intermetallics, clusters and cluster complexes introduces the reader to the difficulties in finding new and novel intermetallics among a wide variety of possibilities, inasmuch as most of the elements of the periodic table are metals. Like metal atoms may form naked clusters or be differently charged, such as Zintl cations or polyanions. Discrete clusters may also be incorporated as building blocks in polar intermetallics or be condensed into infinite one-, two-, or three-dimensional arrays. In all cases, it is important to explore the unknown before (physical) properties can be measured and applications come into view.

Alternate JournalEur. J. Inorg. Chem.