Preparation, structure, and electronic properties of Ca11MSb9 (M = Al, Ga, In)

Dianna M. Young, Susan M. Kauzlarich

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Two new Zintl compounds Ca11MSb9 (M = Al, Ga) and the Zintl compound Ca11InSb9 have been synthesized in quantitative yields by reacting the elements in an 11:1:9 ratio at high temperatures (850 and 1000°C). Low-temperature (130 K) single-cystal X-ray diffraction data show that the Ca11GaSb9 compound is orthorhombic, space group = Iba2, Z = 4, a = 11.805(3) Å, b = 12.463(3), c = 16.651(2) Å, R1 = 2.50%, wR2 = 5.22%, and is of the Ca11-InSb9 structure type. Powder X-ray diffraction show that Ca11AlSb9 is also the Ca11InSb9 structure type. Room-temperature lattice parameters from powder diffraction data are as follows: Ca11AlSb9, a = 11.832(3) Å, b = 12.505(2) Å, c = 16.674(4) Å; Ca11GaSb9, a = 11.839-(2) Å, b = 12.536(3) Å, c = 16.716(1) Å; Ca11InSb9 a = 11.899(2) Å, b = 12.596(2) Å, c = 16.722(3) Å. Temperature-dependent resistivity measurements show that these materials are semiconducting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-209
Number of pages4
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Materials Science(all)


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