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Anion Ordering in Bichalcogenides


Valldor,  Martin
Martin Valldor, Physics of Correlated Matter, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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Valldor, M. (2016). Anion Ordering in Bichalcogenides. Inorganics, 4(3): 23, pp. 1-12. doi:10.3390/inorganics4030023.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0000-B718-7
This review contains recent developments and new insights in the research on inorganic, crystalline compounds with two different chalcogenide ions (bichalcogenides). Anion ordering is used as a parameter to form structural dimensionalities as well as local-and global-electric polarities. The reason for the electric polarity is that, in the heterogeneous bichalcogenide lattice, the individual bond-lengths between cations and anions are different from those in a homogeneous anion lattice. It is also shown that heteroleptic tetrahedral and octahedral coordinations offer a multitude of new crystal fields and coordinations for involved cations. This coordination diversity in bichalcogenides seems to be one way to surpass electro-chemical redox potentials: three oxidation states of a single transition metal can be stabilized, e.g., Ba15V12S34O3. A new type of disproportionation, related to coordination, is presented and results from chemical pressure on the bichalcogenide lattices of (La, Ce)CrS2O, transforming doubly [CrS3/3S2/2O1/1](3-) (5+1) into singly [CrS4/2S2/3](7/3-) (6+0) and [CrS4/3O2/1](11/3-) (4+2) coordinations. Also, magnetic anisotropy is imposed by the anion ordering in BaCoSO, where magnetic interactions via S or O occur along two different crystallographic directions. Further, the potential of the anion lattice is discussed as a parameter for future materials design.