Synthesis of the Candidate Topological Compound Ni3Pb2. Academic Article uri icon


  • Spin-orbit coupling enables the realization of topologically nontrivial ground states. As spin-orbit coupling increases with increasing atomic number, compounds featuring heavy elements, such as lead, offer a pathway toward creating new topologically nontrivial materials. By employing a high-pressure flux synthesis method, we synthesized single crystals of Ni3Pb2, the first structurally characterized bulk binary phase in the Ni-Pb system. Combining experimental and theoretical techniques, we examined structure and bonding in Ni3Pb2, revealing the impact of chemical substitutions on electronic structure features of importance for controlling topological behavior. From these results, we determined that Ni3Pb2 completes a series of structurally related transition-metal-heavy main group intermetallic materials that exhibit diverse electronic structures, opening a platform for synthetically tunable topologically nontrivial materials.

published proceedings

  • J Am Chem Soc

altmetric score

  • 21.2

author list (cited authors)

  • Tamerius, A. D., Altman, A. B., Waters, M. J., Riesel, E. A., Malliakas, C. D., Whitaker, M. L., ... Freedman, D. E.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Tamerius, Alexandra D||Altman, Alison B||Waters, Michael J||Riesel, Eric A||Malliakas, Christos D||Whitaker, Matthew L||Yu, Tony||Fabbris, Gilberto||Meng, Yue||Haskel, Daniel||Wang, Yanbin||Jacobsen, Steven D||Rondinelli, James M||Freedman, Danna E

publication date

  • July 2022