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Commonly, materials are classified as either electrical conductors or insulators. The theoretical discovery of topological insulators has fundamentally challenged this dichotomy. In a topological insulator, the spin-orbit interaction generates a non-trivial topology of the electronic band structure dictating that its bulk is perfectly insulating, whereas(More)
Reaction of antimony, selenium, and selenium(IV) chloride in the Lewis acidic ionic liquid [BMIM]Cl/AlCl(3) (BMIM: 1-n-butyl-3-methylimidazolium) at room temperature yielded air-sensitive black block-shaped crystals of [Sb(10)Se(10)][AlCl(4)](2). The triclinic unit cell (space group P1, a=947.85(2), b=957.79(2), c=1166.31(3) pm; α=103.622(1), β=110.318(1),(More)
Two polymorphs of the new cluster compound [Ru(2)Bi(14)Br(4)](AlCl(4))(4) have been synthesized from Bi(24)Ru(3)Br(20) in the Lewis acidic ionic liquid [BMIM]Cl/AlCl(3) ([BMIM](+) : 1-n-butyl-3-methylimidazolium) at 140 °C. A large fragment of the precursor's structure, namely the [(Bi(8))Ru(Bi(4)Br(4))Ru(Bi(5))](5+) cluster, dissolved as a whole and(More)
Shiny black, air-insensitive crystals of tellurium-rich one-dimensional coordination polymers were synthesized by melting a mixture of the elements with TeCl(4). The compounds [Ru(Te(9))](InCl(4))(2) and [Ru(Te(8))]Cl(2) crystallize in the monoclinic space group type C2/c, whereas [Rh(Te(6))]Cl(3) adopts the trigonal space group type R ̅3c. In the crystal(More)
Two new, metal-rich nickel-tin sulfides Ni(6)SnS(2) and Ni(9)Sn(2)S(2) were found by establishing phase relations in the ternary Ni-Sn-S system at 540 degrees C. Their single crystals were prepared by means of chemical vapor transport reactions. Single crystal X-ray diffraction was used for the determination of their crystal structures. Both compounds(More)
Recently the presence of topologically protected edge-states in Bi14Rh3I9 was confirmed by scanning tunnelling microscopy consolidating this compound as a weak 3D topological insulator (TI). Here, we present a density-functional-theory-based study on a family of TIs derived from the Bi14Rh3I9 parent structure via substitution of Ru, Pd, Os, Ir and Pt for(More)