Direct and indirect preparation of layered quaternary manganese tellurides; AMnxMyTe2 (A=Li, Na; M=Cu, Ag; x+y≤2) Academic Article uri icon


  • A series of layered quaternary tellurides with AMn x M y Te 2 (A=Li, Na; M=Cu, Ag; x+y≤2) compositions were prepared in two different ways; direct synthesis from elemental starting materials and reaction of coinage metals (Cu or Ag) with ternary tellurides, AMnTe 2 (A=Li, Na) with partially empty tetrahedral sites. Products were characterized by single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, atomic absorption (AA) measurements, and wavelength dispersive spectrometry (WDS). These compounds adopt the CaAl 2 Si 2 structure type (space group Pm3̄1, No. 164), in which Te atoms are arrayed by hexagonal closed packing with random distribution of Mn and M (Cu or Ag) atoms in the tetrahedral sites. Alkali metals reside in octahedral sites between two layers to complete the structure. Resistivity measurements showed that these compounds are either insulators or semiconductors. © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Kim, J., & Hughbanks, T

complete list of authors

  • Kim, Joonyeong||Hughbanks, Timothy

publication date

  • January 1, 2001 11:11 AM