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Soft Chemistry, Coloring and Polytypism in Filled Tetrahedral Semiconductors: Toward Enhanced Thermoelectric and Battery Materials

TitleSoft Chemistry, Coloring and Polytypism in Filled Tetrahedral Semiconductors: Toward Enhanced Thermoelectric and Battery Materials
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsWhite, MA, Medina-Gonzalez, AM, Vela, J
JournalChemistry-a European Journal
Volume24
Pagination3650-+
Date Published03
Type of ArticleReview
ISBN Number0947-6539
Accession NumberWOS:000427243200002
Keywordsab-initio, batteries, chemistry, electronic-structure, energy, half-heusler compounds, interstitial insertion rule, juza naznx x, mgagas-type compounds, nickel phosphide, phase-transition, phosphide nanoparticles, photovoltaics, polytypes, semiconductors, sodium-ion batteries
Abstract

Filled tetrahedral semiconductors are a rich family of compounds with tunable electronic structure, making them ideal for applications in thermoelectrics, photovoltaics, and battery anodes. Furthermore, these materials crystallize in a plethora of related structures that are very close in energy, giving rise to polytypism through the manipulation of synthetic parameters. This Minireview highlights recent advances in the solution-phase synthesis and nanostructuring of these materials. These methods enable the synthesis of metastable phases and polytypes that were previously unobtainable. Additionally, samples synthesized in solution phase have enhanced thermoelectric performance due to their decreased grain size.

DOI10.1002/chem.201704630
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Short TitleChem.-Eur. J.